I started reading about different kinds of actual garbage islands in the South Pacific (Henderson Island) and the North Pacific gyre and what I learned gave me the idea for this pattern. After many tedious days of drawing, I still can't even come close to the density of trash found in the real versions. These places are untouched by humans but tons of plastic get washed in from halfway across the world by ocean currents. A plastic water bottle takes 450 years to decompose, so you can imagine the cumulative effect over time. I'll keep adding to this pattern as time goes on, making it a somewhat performative work of visual art.
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