In 1999 Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang started collecting plastic debris—carrying it away by the bagful— all from Kehoe Beach, in Northern California. Certain items would catch their interest: milk jug lids, combs, toy soldiers, disposable lighters, cheese spreaders from lunch snack packs. They were attracted to things that would show by their numbers and commonness what is happening in the oceans around the world. The plastic they continue to find is not left by visitors; it is washing up from the ocean. Back in their studios they clean, sort and categorize the pieces according to color and kind. They use the plastic to make artworks including large sculptures, installations, photo tableaus and jewelry.
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