• Scientists have confirmed there are 5 garbage patches across the world’s oceans where trash, mostly tiny pieces of plastic, accumulate as ocean currents come together in a gyre. Modeled after one of the 5 gyres, this piece addresses the eternal motion of our plastic consumption and the final stage of consumption: ocean landfill. The largest garbage patch is made up of about 7 million tons of mostly floating plastic waste, most of which is no larger than 10mm across, similar in size to plankton that the fish eat. Larger pieces of plastic in the ocean eventually breakdown from the sunlight they are exposed to into smaller and smaller pieces, but it does not ever go away completely. In my piece I engaged my student body by asking the community to release their daily plastic bag consumption to me, instead of to the trash. I collected more than 100 bags and used them in this piece. I also incorporated hand embroidery - a slow and tedious process - which contrasts to the fast consumption and collection of the areas with the plastic bags.