EcoArt Project by Lise Wulff in collaboration with Hurtigruten and Hurtigruten Foundation. The art installation HESJE (Norwegian for ”rack”) has the traditional aquaculture as a starting point, with fish racks as the central element. Normally, the fish racks are used to dry cod in the period from February/March till May/June. This is an old conservation method, using the wind and the sun as catalysts in the drying process.
During some days in September, an empty fish rack has gradually been filled with plastic waste. The waste was collected by Hurtigruten’s passengers and crew along the coast of Norway. A total of 1.600 kg of marine waste was removed from nature. The passengers also took part in mounting the waste, as did the community of Lofoten.
Exposing the plastic garbage on a rack where there should normally be fish, is a way to visualize the situation in our oceans. More and more plastic is entering the oceans and damaging the marine life. If we continue to pollute at the same rate as today, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans in 2050.
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The project is supported by Miljødirektoratet (The Norwegian Environment Agency).