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Into the Current

Into the Current, created for the Kites Over Vista public arts program, represents the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and the marine litter that gathers there due to circular currents in the Pacific Ocean that act like giant whirlpools, trapping plastic … Continue reading

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The Problem

Marine debris can be defined as “anything man-made and solid in the ocean that isn’t supposed to be there.” An estimated 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean every year, and 80% of it comes from land-based sources. It can travel through storm … Continue reading

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Prevention

The actions of  individuals make a difference, and there are things that everyone can do to help. Limit single-use plastics use refillable water bottles take your own reusable cup to the coffee house say “no” to plastic straws shop with reusable canvas or … Continue reading

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An I Spy Challenge

The marine debris that makes up Into the Current includes many unrecognizable pieces of plastic, but it also includes familiar things, and many aspects of modern culture are represented. Bottle caps, toys, grooming products, kitchen items, and much more are curated by the tides. … Continue reading

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Metal Fabrication

I am  grateful to instructor Nick Scott and the students in the Metal Fabrication course offered through Mira Costa College’s Technology Career Institute. They did professional quality work as they constructed the complex 5’ x 5’ structure out of steel flat bar, rebar, and galvanized metal mesh. … Continue reading

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Acknowledgements

This project would not have been possible without the encouragement of my sister and her husband, Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang. For close to 20 years, they have been collecting plastic refuse from Kehoe Beach in Marin County, California. They use what … Continue reading

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About the Artist—Janis Selby Jones

I have been cleaning North County San Diego Beaches for years. I take photographs of the trash I find and share the most interesting images on social media in order to help others understand the seriousness of the marine debris problem. My On the … Continue reading

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