The series PENALTY by Mandy Barker, aims to create awareness about the issue of marine pollution by focusing attention on the football as a single plastic object and global symbol that could reach an international audience. The project involved the collaboration with members of the public from around the world after a call via social media for people to collect and post footballs they found in the sea or on the shoreline.
According to a study published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE, the end of 2014 the number of plastic objects, polluting the world’s oceans has exceeded 5.25 trillion. Total weight of waste – 268,940 tons.
In total 992 marine debris balls were recovered from the world’s oceans in just 4 months. 769 footballs and pieces of, with 223 other types of balls were collected from 41 different countries and islands and from 144 different beaches, by 89 members of the public.
Source — Mandy Barker