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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Ocean Gleaning

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Welcome to the Crowdsourcing Mornings segment!  Every weekday morning, Geek Alabama talks about and features one crowdsourcing project from crowdsourcing sites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and others.  The hope with Crowdsourcing Mornings is to feature and help a project be successful and reach its fundraising goal.  Please enjoy today’s featured project!

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In 2006, after discovering mountains of plastic being thrown up out of the ocean on a remote Hawaiian island, I formed the Drifters Project. Working collaboratively with communities around the globe, we have cleaned beaches from Hawaii to Greece to Panama, and dozens of locations in between, removing tens of thousands of pounds of plastic from the environment and converting them into works of art that shed an unflinching light on the effects of global consumption on the natural world.

Ocean Gleaning tracks the 15 years of my art and research around the world through the Drifters Project. Traveling on major expeditions or just walking on the beach, I hunt for and remove plastics that have been tossed about on a long journey through ocean ecosystems. This is my story.

The book documents forensic photographs from remote and difficult to reach places where plastic has been accumulating. Powerful artifacts enter into the Drifters Archive collection of tens of thousands. The book reveals a sample of 100 specimens of of striking artifacts harvested from the sea, these are objects once utilitarian that have been changed by the oceanic voyages and come back as messages from the ocean.

As of March 18th, this project has raised $11,500 of their $11,000 goal. This project has 7 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $25, you will get six postcards.  For a pledge of $75, you will get one book.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/746784603/ocean-gleaning

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