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Transforming Ocean Trash Into Beautiful Art

In the past, sailors on whaling ships would carve whale teeth into works of art in a process called scrimshaw. These pieces would be brought home to loved ones as mementos of the voyage. Design incubator Studio Swine is attempting to recycle found materials and turn this aged art form into a more sustainable practice. In this short film, travel to remote parts of the ocean, where “the closest people are in a space station,” and watch as the process of collecting ocean trash and transforming it into beautiful treasure unfolds.

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