Fishing rope, Rubber grain


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Composite 97 Polymer 40 Recyclable 115 Recycled 121 Cotton 15 Nylon 3

Fishing rope, Rubber grain

Ghost Gears

‬Despite fishing nets being great for their fishing function‭, ‬the tool and materials used‭, ‬are dangerous to the ecosystem when they‭ ‬are left behind or lost in the water‭. ‬In such cases‭, ‬stray or lost nets create piles and lumps of nets drawn to the seabed‭. ‬Depending on the location, this could create a home for some organisms or create a threat to others‭.

‬Between land and sea‭, ‬the tools become suspended in space and time‭. Sediments focus on the ghost gears as the main material that holds stories not only through their lifetime, but also when they get lost‭. ‬These piles of nets serve as a record‭, ‬to showcase the time they have been lost for‭, ‬the span‭, ‬height and length they have occupied in the seabed from a woven transparent light net to heavy piles left and aged in the sea‭. ‬Inspected‭, ‬gathered‭, ‬collected‭, ‬lifted‭, ‬pulled out‭, ‬untangled‭, ‬cleaned‭, ‬cut‭, ‬piled again‭, ‬and then compressed‭, ‬the piece aims to‭ ‬re-imagine the seabeds‭, ‬to rebuild the coastlines‭. ‬

These organised compressed piled structures slabs‭, ‬formed in a simple unit to create a‭ ‬linear structure, allowing conversation on ecology‭, ‬environment‭, ‬common space‭, ‬and social aspect to exist‭.‬

Additional information

Inspected‭, ‬gathered‭, ‬collected‭, ‬lifted‭, ‬pulled out‭, ‬untangled‭, ‬cleaned‭, ‬cut‭, ‬piled again‭, ‬and then through a compression moulding process to create slabs of these recycled sediments.

Information submitted by the maker and edited by the Future Materials Bank.


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Dubai Voluntary Diving Group, Captain Abdulla Muhsen, Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation