The 'Washed-Up' Project Illustrates Junk in Artistic Ways

 - Jun 24, 2011
References: washed-up-project & designaside
You may hear people speak of art condescendingly due to its subjectivity, but there's no denying the 'Washed-Up' project is true art as it manages to transform discarded colored plastics into vibrant works of wonder.

The 'Washed-Up' project is the work of Mexican-born, New York-based artist Alejandro Duran, who manages to arrange vibrant plastic products alongside naturalistic locales for this unique series of photos. Among the weird objects used in this collection are detergent bottles, water containers, plastic plates, lawn chairs, and even flip flops. All products found in this series are indeed items which have been washed ashore, which Alejandro Duran has meticulously collected. Duran says, "The resulting photo series depicts a new form of colonization by consumerism, where even undeveloped land is not safe from the far-reaching impact of our disposable culture."

Implications - As the world shifts towards a more eco-conscious mode of living, consumers are looking for materials to shake major corporations out of apathy and adapt more greener methods of operation. Companies looking to establish empathetic customer relations should consider incorporating green initiatives into their products and work space.