Plastic is a scourge in our waterways, yet it is also a durable, versatile and re-usable material. Combine those factors in a positive way and the outcome is an art installation that repurposes plastic debris into sea themed sculptures. Au Karem Ira Lamar Lu  – Ghost Nets Of The Ocean, is an exhibition of artworks created by the Torres Strait Islander people of Erub (Darnley Island) using discarded fishing nets and other plastic trash retrieved from the ocean.
Hand made by Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists from Erub Erwer Meta (Darnley Island Arts Centre), the sculptures woven from fishing net remnants represent sea creatures that are adversely affected by plastic pollution and netting: turtles, squid, fish, sea birds, a large hammerhead shark and even an outrigger canoe.
The sculptures hang at different heights from the ceiling, giving an impression of being suspended in water.
It’s a powerful message about respect for the environment, being mindful of our actions, and preservation, delivered with cultural context and imagination.
On now at the Australian National Maritime Museum
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