Created from discarded plastic bottles, these giant fish make a powerful environmental statement as they emerge from the sands of Botafogo beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This year, the city of Rio is hosting the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, also called Rio+20, and these giant fish were created to mark the occasion. Hundreds of plastic bottles sparkle in the sun and, at night, the sculptures are illuminated with colorful blue and red LED lights that twinkle against the backdrop of the beach as a monumental reminder to recycle.
The three fish represent the importance of recycling and the risks that plastic bottles have on our natural environment, specifically on animals that live in the sea. According to the event website, between 60 and 80 percent of debris in the sea is from plastic products. The sculpture encourages people to rethink how they approach recycling and to protect our natural resources.