Artist creates "Garbage Patch State" to help stop ocean pollution

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“Garbage Patch State” is made of millions of plastic bottle caps. UN Radio/Stephanie Coutrix

Millions of coloured plastic bottle caps are being displayed in the lobby of the United Nations Secretariat in New York.

An Italian artist is raising awareness about pollution by showing the world what happens when pieces of plastic accumulate in the ocean.

Maria Cristina Finucci calls her creation the "Garbage Patch State", which now even has a fake Embassy in Rome as if it were an actual nation.

Her goal is to show world leaders that if pollution isn't stopped the accumulation of garbage will keep expanding.

Cristina Silveiro asked Ms Finucci to explain how this environmental problem is being exposed through art.

Duration: 3'30"

 

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