As a warning and awareness about consumerism and ocean and river pollution, Auckland, New Zealand-based digital artist Joren van Suijlekom created this clever 3D illustration series, titled Trash Fish, blending marine creatures with plastic objects.
Consumerism is at an all-time high. We buy, buy, buy, and throw away whatever doesn’t suit our needs anymore. A stunning 99% of what we buy ends up as waste within six months. Some of this junk will be recycled, but the majority ends up in landfills or finds its way to our oceans. If we continue our production and consumption at this rate, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050. It is good to see that current fish species are quickly adapting to the garbage we dump into their habitats. They learn to live with our junk and use it to their benefits. We can see a change in the way they evolve, in their behaviours and their physical appearance. In the next couple of decades we will see an incredible growth in new oceanic species. Imagine what kind of fish future archeologists will discover from our era.Joren van Suijlekom