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From sea rubbish to art: Brooklyn Museum hosts Duke Riley

Written by The Frontier Post

NEW YORK (DPA): After his high-powered performance with 2,000 pigeons in front of the Manhattan skyline, multitalented American artist Duke Riley has recently utilized the rubbish foating in the sea off New York to create his art.

The exhibition “Death to the Living, Long Live Trash,” on display at the Brooklyn Museum from Friday onwards, shows dozens of objects, among them plastic bottles and other objects being connected up into mosaics.

Artist Duke Riley (L) chats with a visitor about his exhibition
Artist Duke Riley (L) chats with a visitor about his exhibition “Death to the Living, Long Live Trash” at New York’s Brooklyn Museum. (dpa)

“I’ve been out on the water for years and I see how plastic waste has increased and how you find other things, like glass or shells, much less often,” Riley told Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) during an exhibition preview.

Riley, who comes from Boston and now lives in the New York borough of Brooklyn, said the exhibition was perhaps a glimpse into the future, given that maritime museums are made up of what is essentially rubbish.

The show is scheduled to be on display until April 23.

Artist Duke Riley (L) chats with a visitor about his exhibition
Artist Duke Riley (L) chats with a visitor about his exhibition “Death to the Living, Long Live Trash” at New York’s Brooklyn Museum. (dpa)

Riley has already made headlines with several art campaigns. In 2016, for example, he had around 2,000 pigeons with LED lights on their claws take to the skies for several weeks in the evening sky above New York’s East River.

The artist commemorated the event at the Brooklyn Museum with a green face mask that read: “Brooklyn, this is a pigeon thing.”

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