(On the afternoon of August 25, 2018 at Duke Kunshan University, Ning Kong and other Blue Pioneers completed a project called Fish that Feed on Plastic, which demonstrated the astonishing fact that the ocean is severely polluted.)
The intensity of ocean pollution is beyond our imagination. According to relevant surveys, at least 8,000 tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean annually. In other words, a truck of trash is being poured into the ocean each minute. If not controlled, this will increase to 2 trucks per minute in 2030 and to 4 trucks per minute in 2050. Currently, it has been estimated that 1,500 million tons of plastic are in the ocean. If the condition stays unchanged, every 3 tons of fish will live in a ton of plastic waste in 2025. Even worse, the weight of plastic is doomed to outnumber that of oceanic fish by 2050.
Fish that Feed on Plastic is a work from Ning Kong’s great series Little Blue Man, which was created as she travelled around the world. It is the first time that her work has been displayed at Duke Kunshan University.
Her work Little Blue Man consisted of hundreds of sharks and dolphins that varied in size. In this work, 30 baby sharks were rushing to the submerged reef over Ning’s head to avoid oceanic plastic waste, struggling desperately for survival. 60 whales with a terrifying size of 80 centimeters squeezed into the limited space around Ning. A dozen fish circled themselves around the gray net on him. One of these fish has ten plastic bottles in its transparent stomach. It was so shocking that it made the visitors feel uneasy, sad and terrified. “On finishing this work with the enthusiastic Blue Pioneers from iMEP, everyone feels heartbroken. The sorrow is especially strong as we put plastic bottles into the 4-meter-long stomach of the whale. It seems to be a little bit cruel, but the sad news is, it is actually happening right now in the ocean”, said Ning.
Ning tries to draw attention from the public to stop treating the blue ocean as a plastic waste yard through his work. Everybody has an obligation to saving the ocean to keep these innocent marine lives from plastic waste! We should spare no effort to make the ocean cleaner and stay away from any further pollution!