Mission Blue is proud to join the Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) in sponsoring a plastic art exhibit in Barcelona’s metro and airport. The name of the remarkable installation is VidaTóxica (Toxic Life) and it was created by Catalan artist Alvaro Soler Arpa to present the issue of global plastic pollution to the millions of travelers who pass through Barcelona. With a total of fourteen sculptures created with bones and plastic waste, Mr. Arpa emphasizes the human impact of runaway plastic pollution on ecosystems and individual animals. Approximately eight million tons of plastic are dumped in the ocean each year, making marine plastic pollution a major issue that impacts animals across the food chain, from whales to zooplankton.
The sculptures are the result of a painstaking process. Bones of different animals like bull, cow, horse, wild boar, vulture, antelope, ostrich and lamb are transformed into contaminated mutant beings—disturbing creatures in motion reminiscent of prehistoric animals, but whose bodies contain plastics and other waste.
“The work has a creative origin but has always existed in concern for the environment,” noted Soler in the press conference presentation of his work, until now virtually unknown. “I dedicated myself for years to find bones in the mountains, in restaurants and butcher shops…I even dug up a horse. The aim of these creations is not to sell, but to convey a message.” Mr. Soler is 41 years old and a cartoonist who has specialized for more than 15 years in the field of advertising and film, working with directors such as Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Biutiful” and Woody Allen for “Vicky, Cristina, Barcelona.”
Mission Blue is proud to be a member of the Plastic Pollution Coalition, an international movement that works to stop plastic pollution and its toxic effects on humans, animals, the ocean and the environment. We are joining the PPC to support the work of Mr. Soler Arpa as an artistic language that calls for the people of the world to awaken to our collective toxicity, and to consider how nature and matter will evolve as the result of the ingestion, exposure and consumption of a multitude of waste products and pollution. To learn more about the PPC, click here. To support Mission Blue in our mission of bringing greater global awareness to issues like plastic pollution, click here.
(This article originally appeared on Mission Blue. It has been reprinted here with permission.)