By Brian Krassenstein Via 3DPrint
When it comes to pollution, one of the most detrimental issues we are dealing with as a society, besides global warming, is the massive build-up of plastic waste floating within our oceans. Did you know that each years there is approximately 8 million metric tons of plastic which ends up in our oceans? That’s approximately 3% of all the world’s plastic that’s manufactured in a single year. Pretty staggering numbers, huh? The plastic just continues to add up and estimates put it at approximately 110 billion pounds as I sit here drinking water from my plastic PET bottle, writing this story.
It’s impossible to know the real impact that this waste is having on the world’s largest ecosystems, but one Dutch artist named Peter Smith wants to at least help alleviate the problem. Smith has launched a campaign in which he seeks to collect over 100,000 PET bottles (typically the everyday water bottle is made from PET) so that he can 3D print a statue of Madonna. No not the ‘Like a Virgin’ Madonna. That wouldn’t make much sense. The Madonna we are talking about is Michelangelo’s depiction of Mary and Child, which he carved into marble during the 16th century.