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Art show in Marbella aims to raise awareness of excessive plastic use

Creator of the installations, José Luis Delgado.
Creator of the installations, José Luis Delgado. / JOSELE
  • La Mar de Plásticos looks to highlight the invasion of this material in the sea and its abusive use

Hundreds of plastic bottles inundate the ground. Beside them are fish of all sizes and colours. Although it could be the bottom of the sea, this is not the case. It is La Mar de Plásticos (the sea of plastics), an installation on the patio of the Cortijo Miraflores Cultural Centre which is looking to reawaken awareness about the abusive use of plastics and its invasion of the sea.

Although the first idea was to create a human figure, eventually he settled on fish. "I realised that the structure of a plastic bottle was very similar to that of a fish," said this finance professional who has discovered a passion for art. "I wanted to reinvent myself, and although it took a long time, I like it a lot."

Each one of the animals has its own style and colours, which the artist has clearly detailed. "It took several days to do some of the pieces. They all have a message," he said. Among them, a big turtle, made from paper and plastic. Its shell comes with a surprise: open it, and inside there is the message 'Stop plastic'. "It is the figure that took the most time, but I couldn't have done the exhibition without it."

Also not lacking is a tuna fish, created from a plastic container, appearing to be in motion. Although they all have a story behind them, the artist's favourite is the Morse fish, which has the famous code in its pigmentation, in order to give a message which is read all over its body: SOS. "For me, it is the essence of this exhibition, putting across the messages we want to emphasise," explains Delgado.

Another curiosity of the exhibition is a botijo, a traditional Spanish clay container designed to contain water. "People must look for alternatives to plastic, and it is something which is often forgotten nowadays."

The exhibition will be open for visitors until 31 August, and also has free workshops to learn about these colourful fish. "Despite the toughness of the message, the exhibition has a lot of colour, because we forget hard things," he says, not ruling out collaborating with associations and foundations to spread his message.