Plastic Reef is a growing sculpture made of plastic debris coming from the worlds oceans. In March 2008 I found out that there was a “floating landfill”, about the size of continental US and made up of plastic particles. Almost nobody knew about it at that time so I wanted to raise awareness for this incredible phenomenon and find out what could be done with this new ‘raw’ material. In January 2009 I visited Charles Moore, who gave me a first sample of plastic debris which I melted into a small plastic coral reef, the size of a football. The trash became beautiful again and seemed to solve two problems at the same time: the plastic in the ocean and the disappearing of coral reefs world wide.

Plastic Reef, 2008-2012
NEST, Den Haag, NL
Melted plastic marine debris