Cave Cleaning in Greece

Artist Pam Longobardi is in Greece cleaning sea caves filled with plastic and debris. For Drifters Project/Kefalonia Phase II, she  plans to clean the cave with a team of swimmers, remove all the material and transport it to the Ionion Center of Art and Culture to document, analyze and create a single large-scale art installation in the gallery. She explains how she came to this project: My current expedition Drifters Project Kefalonia: The Giant Sea Cave Excavation was inspired by a heartbreakingly poignant discovery I made last summer here in Kefalonia. In July 2011, working on my Drifters Project phase I: One World Ocean, I went to a remote beach by boat with a local fisherman.  He described this beach as having some of the most debris on the island. It was spectacularly beautiful, but even from the crystalline water 100 yards offshore, I could see the telltale signs of plastic impact. The amazing feature of this beach were the sea caves. I swam in to shore and began to collect the plastic garbage, filling several large bags in just a short time.  I then crossed the sharp rocky divide that separated the beach from the caves and was stunned when I looked inside: the caves were stuffed with innumerable pieces of plastic, nets, styrofoam and yes, right on top, the NUMBER ONE symbolic plastic disgust object:  a toilet seat.  If there was ever a clearer image of the plastic crap we have inflicted on our world, I don’t know what that would be. LEARN MORE

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