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"Gyre: The Plastic Ocean," a new art and science exhibition, will debut Feb. 7 at the Anchorage Museum.
"Gyre" tells a global marine debris story through the work of 26 artists from all over the world, including internationally known artists such as Alexis Rockman, Mark Dion and Chris Jordan and Alaska artists Sonya Kelliher-Combs and Tim Remick.
The exhibition also features a National Geographic film, documentary photography, and findings of a 2013 scientific expedition to study marine debris in Alaska. The boat carried scientists from the Alaska SeaLife Center, Blue Ocean Institute, Smithsonian Institution and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as well as artists, educators and documentary filmmakers. Some of the artwork in the exhibition incorporates trash gathered during that journey.
"Gyre: The Plastic Ocean" is designed to present a balanced approach, and is not to intended to chastise, but to inspire.
"Humankind has certainly imposed its footprint on this landscape, but we have not ruined it," said Julie Decker, Anchorage Museum director and exhibition curator, in a release. "Plastic is a modern material, so this is a modern and recent problem. That means there are things we can do, individually and collectively, to reverse the impacts."
"Gyre: The Plastic Ocean" is on view through Sept. 6 at the Anchorage Museum. The exhibition is included with museum general admission.
For more information, visit anchoragemuseum.org/gyre.