Visual mapping/tracking trash, 2015
37 x 50 cm
Conceptual embroidery series visualizing the movement pattern of floating marine debris (visual mapping).
Fotos: Anne Sundermann
Tracking pattern of a large piece of marine debris that has been tagged in the Pacific on April 2nd, 2008. The tagging of marine debris objects is part of the „High Sea Ghost Net Project“ launched to trace accumulations of debris and ghost nets to to remove them from the sea. The tag had been sending its position until March 22nd, 2013 when the signal stopped.
A group of St. Petersburg ecologists conducted a test in 2014 and dropped ten miniatur waterproof GPS-tracking units down the toilet of a single appartment in Novoye Devyatkino. The trackers spilled out directly into the open-air waterways without encountering even the most basic sewage filtration. From Novoye Devyatkino, five of the devices reached the open waters of Neva Bay, where the units’ batteries expired. Trash that has been flushed down the toilet enters the Baltic Sea directly.
„friendly floatees“, 2015
On January 10th, 1992 the vessel „Ever Laurel“ going from Hongkong to Tacoma/USA lost part of its freight in a heavy gale. One of the containers cracked open and released 29 000 rubber toys (ducks, beavers, turtles and frogs). Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer began to track their motion and has been documenting the toys washing up the shores ever since. Some of the toys landed along Pacific shores, like Hawaii. Others traveled over 17,000 miles and spent years frozen in Arctic ice to reach British and Irish shores 15 years later in 2007.