Captured in this mural is a modern-day folklore based on the Greek goddess of the seas, Amphitrite. The work highlights the stark contrast of a once-worshiped mother of all fish, seals and whales, the Queen of the seas, now sat in a human-corrupted, faded seascape of bleached corals and plastic waste. 

Huge numbers of shocking stats can be found with a simple Google search. Since 1950, 90% of all Sealife has been wiped out. By 2050, 90% of all coral will have died out due to global warming and the rise of ocean temperatures. If the pace in which we pull life from the sea doesn't slow, overfishing will empty our oceans by 2048. There are now 5.25 trillion macro and micro pieces of plastic in our ocean, and 46,000 pieces in every square mile of ocean, weighing up to 269,000 tonnes. 

The poignant placement of an ancient Greek goddess sunk to the bottom of our modern-day plastic addiction is both tragic and alarming. Maybe one day, the stories of oceans filled with abundance, life and colourful corals, will be a folklore told by future generations. What is almost certain is that the plastics will still be there, documenting the emptiness of a once bustling biodiversity. 

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Created on October 1, 2022
68 Harold Rd, Cliftonville, Margate CT9 2HS, UK

Hunted by SamP.

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CountryUnited Kingdom