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Mesmerizing Mermaid Swims In A 10,000 Plastic Bottle Ocean To Inspire Change

Think twice before you use more plastic.

Don’t let her delicate shine fool you; this mermaid means business. For Montreal-based photographer Benjamin Von Wong’s latest project titled Mermaids Hate Plastic, he took photos of a mermaid swimming in an ocean of plastic to raise awareness about pollution.

In case you didn’t know, the average American uses about 167 plastic bottles a year. By the time he’s 60, he will have used 10,000 plastic bottles. These plastics don’t just cause water pollution. When they release toxins and contaminate water sources, they can also negatively affect air quality.

Benjamin Von Wong’s Mermaids Hate Plastic project aims to stop people’s excessive plastic consumption.

For his latest masterpiece, the artist borrowed 10,000 plastic bottles, which came in a massive 50-foot truck, from the Tomra Waste Management Center and worked with a large group of collaborators and volunteers.

Meanwhile, the model, Clara, wore beautifully designed handmade mermaid tails that looked elegant against the plastic-filled background. Volunteer makeup artists and stylists worked together to make her look majestic.

The makeup and styling team made sure the model looked iridescent.

According to Von Wong:

“As an artist, I have always wondered what kind of difference I could make. Indeed, it is hard to really feel like taking pretty photographs can change the world yet this project has taught me that just by spreading the word, you can make a difference.”

Von Wong’s project is gaining good traction.

Dozens of volunteers helped and did what they could to make this project possible – from cleaning the plastic bottles to helping construct each layout. For each layout, the team had to gather the plastic bottles, sort them by color, and arrange them to recreate the artist’s vision.


All their hard work has resulted in beautiful images that make a strong statement about pollution. More so, it has inspired people from all over the world to reduce their plastic consumption.

Thousands of people have already pledged to use less plastic in support of the project.

The artist shared:

“Within a single week, my series generated over 10,000 pledges from people around the world to reduce their plastic use. If only 1% of them reduce their plastic consumption by 10% – that’s 100,000 less plastic bottles in the sea. With over 10 million views in just a week, requests for prints came streaming in – teachers, entrepreneurs, mothers – they wanted to have a print up to share the threat of plastic pollution in a beautiful interesting way.”

See how Von Wong and team made the Mermaids Hate Plastic project:

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Were you inspired by this project? How will you reduce your use of plastic? Leave us a comment below.

To know more about Von Wong’s Mermaids Hate Plastic project, visit www.vonwong.com/Store/MermaidsHatePlastic.

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Artist Creates Illustrations That Explore Ecstatic World of Couple’s Intimacy

These steamy illustrations will definitely get your fingers busy.

For starters, a good sex is something that offers fun, romance, and excitement, among others. While most will agree that every couple needs it, some people do not understand the importance of doing the deed. You see, it is not just about fulfilling your partner’s desire. Sexual intimacy plays an important role in ensuring a relationship’s success.

Interestingly, an artist by the name of Frida Castelli explored the ecstatic world of a couple’s intimacy. And although sex (in one way or another) remains to be a taboo in the society, it is about time that people start to accept its essence in every relationship.

From foreplay to different sexual positions, Frida beautifully created illustrations that will give you a deeper look at intimacy. We have compiled her works below, and let us know which ones are your favorites. Obviously, you are going to love one or two of them. Enjoy!

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Artist Spends Hours Creating Stunning Mandalas Using Natural Objects

These works of art soothe your eyes and soul.

When it comes to beauty, there is nothing that can top nature. It is just what it is. Apparently, though, an artist by the name of James Brunt is looking for ways to make nature’s beauty even more appealing. He is fond of creating artworks using natural objects he acquires around his turf in Yorkshire, England.

James’ creations are something that will please both your eyes and soul. From using dried twigs to rocks to even leaves, he is arranging materials into various forms of art. These include, but not limited to, circles, spirals, concentric shapes, and other detailed patterns. He regularly takes photographs of his works and uploads them on social media. This dude right here is definitely a man of art!

Scroll down below and be ready to get mesmerized. These are not something you have seen before. And, oh, do not forget to let us know which one interests you the most! Enjoy!

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Here’s What Countries Would Look Like If They Were People

In the global arena, every country has its image, but how would they look as people?

When it comes to the global arena, it is safe to say that each country has its own image to portray. It may paint a picture of culture, tradition, and people. In any case, they are meant to describe a country as a whole. But what if each of them actually looks like ordinary citizens of today?

This is exactly what a Russian artist by the name of Anastasia Bulgakova thought. In her project, she draws “personifications of different countries.” All of them are interestingly drawn in “militant and warrior-like,” covered in blood and dirt. Mind you, she does not aim any political persuasion here.

As she explains,

Simply because that’s what I always draw in any case, and the idea of warrior-countries gives a lot of creative freedom.

Anastasia adds that every character in her project has, in one way or another, stereotypical attributes. If for an American it might appear a bit naïve and idealistic, a Japanese dude will come with a suspicious smile. And, as she points outs, one can easily recognize her characters in the street.

Well, without further ado, here are character designs Anastasia made for each country in the world. Check them out and let us know which one is your favorite (aside from your own country, of course!).

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