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Andrea Huelin


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Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus


"Sea of Plastic"

  • This mural in Cairns, Australia shows a sea full of single-use plastic bottles. 
Teaching Tips


  • This stark image shows what many of Earth's rivers, streams, and oceans look like.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Plastic pollution is a massive worldwide problem. One of the best ways to cut down on plastic pollution is to simply buy less stuff.
  • Students may be curious on the best ways to recycle plastic. It is important to know that the global recycling system is broken and unjust. You and your students can watch this video to learn more.


  • This mural could be used as a hook during a history or economics class showing the effects of industrialization and globalization.
  • In art class, students can analyze the mural using some of the following questions:
    • Why did the artist choose blue and green bottles?
    • Is the mural more powerful because it covers three sides of a building?
    • Why do you think the artist painted the horizon so far up on the building? What would have changed if she had painted it higher or lower?
Scientist Notes
The resource inspires students to cut down on plastic pollution in their environment. This is recommended for teaching.
  • National Core Arts Standards
    • Visual Arts: Standard 7 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • VA:Re7.2.Ia Analyze how one’s understanding of the world is affected by experiencing visual imagery.
      • VA:Re7.2.IIa Evaluate the effectiveness of an image or images to influence ideas, feelings, and behaviors of specific audiences.
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