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Jeudi 4 juin 2015


The Garbage Patch State

UNOG Library Talk

The Garbage Patch State® is a performance installation by Italian artist Maria Cristina Finucci, who will be a key speaker at the UNOG Library talk on 4 June.

The Garbage Patch to be symbolically recognized as a federal state rises in the middle of the oceans. It is a territory that comprises ve areas of man-made rubbish scattered in the North Pacic, South Pacic, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Land-based sources - such as agricultural run-o, discharge of nutrients and pesticides and untreated sewage including plastics - account for approximately 80% of marine pollution, globally.

The Garbage Patch is one of the most serious forms of pollution caused by humankind. The largest, discovered in 2009, is called the Great Garbage Patch, also described as the Pacic Trash Vortex, is a gyre of marine debris in the central North Pacic Ocean. The Patch is characterized by exceptionally high concentrations of pelagic plastics, chemical sludge and other debris that have been trapped by the currents. The garbage gets broken down, as a result of photodegradation, into smaller and smaller pieces. As it disintegrates, the plastic ultimately becomes small enough to be ingested by aquatic organisms. In this way, plastic may become concentrated in neuston, thereby entering the food chain.

The official facebook page of this ambitious project announces that the Garbage Patch will be recognized as a federal state with a “population” of 36,939 tons of garbage. It was discovered in 1989,
it covers an area of 15,915,933 square meters, and its ag to wave is blue, like the oceans it pollutes. Maria Cristina Finucci, the artist, believes that the art has the power to raise awareness.


de 16h00 à 17h30


Palais des Nations


Tram : 15 (arrêt : Nations)


:. UNOG Library




















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