North Pacific Gyre2015
Sea plastic, green abalone shell, brass, rope, shackle

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

South Pacific Gyre, 2015
Sea plastic, reclaimed hardwood, gold plated steel, brass, rope

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

South Atlantic Gyre, 2015
Sea plastic, gold plated steel, brass, rope, sandblasted glass

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Indian Ocean Gyre, 2015
Sea plastic, mother of pearl, aluminium, steel, brass, rope

 
 
 
 
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Solar Extruder, 2015 Aluminium, fibreglass, rope, borosilicate glass, steel, rubber

Solar Extruder, 2015
Aluminium, fibreglass, rope, borosilicate glass, steel, rubber

 
 
 

North Atlantic Gyre, 2015
Sea plastic, reclaimed mahogany, rope, brass

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gyrecraft is an exploration into maritime crafts which exists in every coastal or island culture around the world each with its own unique identity, utilising what the sea provides. Many of these crafts took place onboard boats during long voyages as a way of making vital repairs or passing the time at sea.

Studio Swine went on a journey of 1000 nautical miles collecting  plastic on the way from Azores to the Canaries through the North Atlantic Gyre with the Solar Extruder; a machine they designed and built which melts and extrudes sea plastic using the Sun.

In the swirling gyre, most of the plastics have broken down into tiny fragments which are spread over massive stretches of the Ocean. Due to their size, they are incredibly difficult to recover in any large quantity making this once disposable material very precious. In the Gyrecraft collection Studio Swine uses sea plastic as a valuable and desirable material reminiscent of turtle shell and corals. The 5 objects represent the 5 major Ocean gyres.

Concept & Design: Alexander Groves & Azusa Murakami
Solar Extruder design & development: Andrew Friend & Alexander Groves
Film & Photos: Petr Krejčí