To learn all about the University of Hartford Marine Debris project, check out the website devoted to that work. Some details of our project can be found here.
These pieces were created by students at the University of Hartford in the Fall of 2016 in the course Marine Debris and Pollution. This is plastic film sewn onto canvas, measuring five feet by nine feet (or 62 x 108 inches).
First is the Laysan albatross, inspired by Chris Jordan’s iconic photo of a dead albatross from the Midway islands. That’s real marine debris in the stomach collected on Connecticut beaches in 2016.
Next is the hawksbill turtle. All species of sea turtle are negatively effected by marine debris through both entanglement and ingestion.
These pieces are a part of my ongoing work to understand the impact of arts-based and experiential learning on students.
In the spring of 2016 we (Dr Owens and students of the University of Hartford) visited four sites in Connecticut. In fewer than eight hours we found over 1600 individual pieces of litter, 76% of which was plastic.
The student-authored project tumblr is here.
The website dedicated to the project can be found here.
This debris was collected at Birch Point Beach State Park in Owls Head Maine, July 10-12, 2015.