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In the northern Pacific Ocean, currents move in vast
spirals that carry debris between far flung locations. A plastic bottle blown
off of a landfill in Tokyo might turn up on the Alaskan coast. A disposable
lighter swept into a storm sewer in San Diego might wash ashore on a Hawaiian
beach. Miles off the coast of California, an immense sea of plastic slowly
swirls, threatening wildlife and gradually entering the food chain as it breaks
down into tiny fragments.
The densest of these despoiled areas, dubbed “The
Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” is the size of Texas and extends thirty feet
below the ocean surface. Our practice of using permanent, non-biodegradable
materials for temporary storage will have potentially far-reaching effects on
biodiversity and the health of people who eat seafood.
The Widening Gyre metaphorically engages this
environmental catastrophe. My intent is not to depict lurid scenes of
accumulating trash in a literal way, but rather to transform the general
process into an engine for music-making.