The Garbage Patch State, the away state

The Garbage Patch State® - a performance installation by Italian artist Maria Cristina Finucci - is on show on 11 April 2013 in Paris at the Maison de l'UNESCO, salle des pas perdus. Following an invitation by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, and Maurizio Serra, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of Italy to UNESCO, the event is open to the public.

This project has been put in place thanks to the collaboration of the University Ca' Foscari of Venice and the sponsorship of the Italian Ministry of the Environment, with the support of the University of Rome. The Garbage Patch to be symbolically recognized as a federal state rises in the middle of the oceans. It is a territory that comprises five areas of man-made rubbish scattered in the North Pacific, South Pacific, North Atlantic, South Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Land-based sources - such as agricultural run-off, discharge of nutrients and pesticides and untreated sewage including plastics - account for approximately 80% of marine pollution, globally. Marine habitats worldwide are contaminated with man-made debris. The Garbage Patch is one of the most serious forms of pollution caused by humankind.

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Photo credit : ©M. C. Finucci - The Garbage Patch State