Early last year, linkurl:Anna Hepler,;http://www.annahepler.com/ a Portland, Maine installation artist, filled a gallery with undulating layers of woven plastic. The rich, latticed structure hung from the walls in the shape of a ship's hull, the blue and white material's translucence highlighted by the room's huge sunlit windows.
Anna Hepler
Image: Doug Jones
But the structure -- so large that visitors of the linkurl:Center for Maine Contemporary Art,;http://www.artsmaine.org/ where the exhibit was on display, had to crouch to pass underneath it -- was more than just a new exhibit from the acclaimed visual artist. It was created entirely with recycled plastics in response to scientists' exploration of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The garbage patch swirls 1000 miles from the California coast in a convergence of currents known as the North Pacific Gyre. As trash floats towards the gyre, it gets sucked into the calm center of the vortex and accumulates...

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