Over the course of this project, I have identified plastic waste from fifty nations on six continents that have washed ashore along the coast of Sian Ka’an. Conflating the hand of man and nature, at times I distribute the objects the way the waves would; at other times, the plastic takes on the shape of algae, roots, rivers, or fruit, reflecting the infiltration of plastics into the natural environment. More than creating a surreal or fantastical landscape, these installations mirror the reality of our current environmental predicament. The resulting photo series depicts a new form of colonization by consumerism, where even undeveloped land is not safe from the far-reaching impact of our disposable culture. // Alejandro Duran  


When I first came across this post on Style For Mankind, I knew these images would forever be cemented into memory. Because as eerily beautiful these images are, the reality of which is certainly cause for perturb and trepidation. The amount of waste that now lines and engorges our oceans is disturbing at best. Plastic, while convenient is probably our worst pollutant. And while I like to describe myself as a recycle nazi I was mortified to learn (read the article here) that I was still contributing to this problem by using products containing microbeads.

That word probably sounds familiar to you right? That's because it is. Microbeads are microscopic fragments of plastic that are found in beauty products which aid in exfoliation. Harmless yet effective on the skin, only to end up washed down our drains and into the ocean to further coagulate.

We're facing a plastic crisis and we don't even know it. // Stephanie Green

We live in an incredibly fast paced society, which has zero intention of slowing down. We are always pressing for convenience, finding ways to "better" improve daily life that we forget to delve deeper and see just how such conveniences may effect our planet in the long term. Not just the impact to nature which we have irrevocable, undisputed responsibility to but also to ourselves. Surely you realise by now that all that chemically laden plastic waste that seemingly drifts ever so peacefully in the ocean is tainting that very water in which fish thrive upon. The same fish that you no doubt consume and in turn, unwittingly devour such toxins. If that doesn't make you sit up and contemplate, then shit I don't know what will.

We're not only annihilating our planet with consumerism but we are destroying ourselves no less. We engross ourselves with frivolousness and take more than we need. Our apathetic attitudes to waste is shameful and irresponsible. Out of sight, out of mind. Let someone else pain over this. Decades of neglect is now finally catching up to us. Like Glass Beach in California, a beach used for dumping garbage in the 1940's (which happened to be the norm), now houses a fine collection of curated polished glass. Sure, it's a resplendent and unique marvel but just envision the geological damage and atrocities such stupidity caused. Worse still is what we shamefully dub The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. If you're not familiar with it you'd probably remember seeing decomposing images of albatross carcasses, stomachs teaming with plastic junk. It's essentially vortexes of abyssal waste sailing in the heart of our oceans. Which is utterly grim and sorrowful. Especially the impact to wildlife. Photos of deceased birds, surviving on adrift plastic rubble remnants is heartbreaking. Alejandro Duran's Washed Up Series is poignant to the issue and much too powerful for us to simply ignore or admire as art. It's a revelation, a fierce call to arms, to action. Let us no longer bury our heads in the sand.

-Sxx

Over the course of this project, I have identified plastic waste from fifty nations on six continents that have washed ashore along the coast of Sian Ka’an. Conflating the hand of man and nature, at times I distribute the objects the way the waves would; at other times, the plastic takes on the shape of algae, roots, rivers, or fruit, reflecting the infiltration of plastics into the natural environment. More than creating a surreal or fantastical landscape, these installations mirror the reality of our current environmental predicament. The resulting photo series depicts a new form of colonization by consumerism, where even undeveloped land is not safe from the far-reaching impact of our disposable culture. // Alejandro Duran  


When I first came across this post on Style For Mankind, I knew these images would forever be cemented into memory. Because as eerily beautiful these images are, the reality of which is certainly cause for perturb and trepidation. The amount of waste that now lines and engorges our oceans is disturbing at best. Plastic, while convenient is probably our worst pollutant. And while I like to describe myself as a recycle nazi I was mortified to learn (read the article here) that I was still contributing to this problem by using products containing microbeads.

That word probably sounds familiar to you right? That's because it is. Microbeads are microscopic fragments of plastic that are found in beauty products which aid in exfoliation. Harmless yet effective on the skin, only to end up washed down our drains and into the ocean to further coagulate.

We're facing a plastic crisis and we don't even know it. // Stephanie Green

We live in an incredibly fast paced society, which has zero intention of slowing down. We are always pressing for convenience, finding ways to "better" improve daily life that we forget to delve deeper and see just how such conveniences may effect our planet in the long term. Not just the impact to nature which we have irrevocable, undisputed responsibility to but also to ourselves. Surely you realise by now that all that chemically laden plastic waste that seemingly drifts ever so peacefully in the ocean is tainting that very water in which fish thrive upon. The same fish that you no doubt consume and in turn, unwittingly devour such toxins. If that doesn't make you sit up and contemplate, then shit I don't know what will.

We're not only annihilating our planet with consumerism but we are destroying ourselves no less. We engross ourselves with frivolousness and take more than we need. Our apathetic attitudes to waste is shameful and irresponsible. Out of sight, out of mind. Let someone else pain over this. Decades of neglect is now finally catching up to us. Like Glass Beach in California, a beach used for dumping garbage in the 1940's (which happened to be the norm), now houses a fine collection of curated polished glass. Sure, it's a resplendent and unique marvel but just envision the geological damage and atrocities such stupidity caused. Worse still is what we shamefully dub The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. If you're not familiar with it you'd probably remember seeing decomposing images of albatross carcasses, stomachs teaming with plastic junk. It's essentially vortexes of abyssal waste sailing in the heart of our oceans. Which is utterly grim and sorrowful. Especially the impact to wildlife. Photos of deceased birds, surviving on adrift plastic rubble remnants is heartbreaking. Alejandro Duran's Washed Up Series is poignant to the issue and much too powerful for us to simply ignore or admire as art. It's a revelation, a fierce call to arms, to action. Let us no longer bury our heads in the sand.

-Sxx

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  1. Such a lovely, deep post! These photos are stunning! Thanks for sharing! Xx Sofia
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  2. What a lovely post! I love your confidence in your poses! FLAWLESS! xo

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  3. These photos are definitely thought provoking. I'd like to imagine it took a while to find all of these accumulated pieces of debris but I feel that I'm just fooling myself. We have so much waste. My sister was telling me about microbeads a while back, although I'd already stopped using products with them in it by then. It's concerning when we think about how much is just being washed into the ocean. Recycling definitely helps, as is raising awareness about our consumption habits so we can rethink them.

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    1. It's a sad sight Mica and I think what would have been time consuming was the sorting out of an overabundance of material which is even worse. It's very concerning, just because it's not physically (well, not entirely) in our backyards people just don't care. It's not until we're confronted with it head on that it'll all be too late. xx

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  4. It's really sad when you think of what society has become at times, throw away materialistic not giving a shit world... I hate what these photos mean but I love the awareness it brings and how we all need to stop, learn and educate ourselves, the world and do our part because this world isn't just about us.

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    1. Very true, I really hope it does bring actual awareness, not to those in the know but the others who'd rather not give a shit. xx

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  5. When I saw the first image I thought it was going to be about some beautiful beach with green stones - I was so surprised when I saw it was garbage. Duran's photos remind me of something I'd see in a high fashion ad, but I love that he's bringing attention to something more important than jewels. Our society is definitely very fast paced now, and it seems like there are so many problems that we are aware of, but don't really do much.

    It drives me nuts when teachers hand out tons of worksheets and require we turn in work a certain way, when it would be so much better to let us save some paper and not double space!

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    1. You're right, it could definitely be the backdrops for something seen in Vogue etc. And it really highlights such a major problem. Society just doesn't give a shit, way too caught up in their lives and themselves to pay attention to what's going down right before them. xx

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  6. Amazing post! Great

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  7. We are going to be live in a plastic world in near future! Actually we have to proper use of plastic.

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  8. I'd love for this to just be art and art alone, but Duran has done a brilliant job at provoking thought within art. This is an amazing photos series, and I can think of no other description for it other than "colonization by consumerism." It's heartbreaking.

    What I feel extremely frustrated about is that, though so much has been done to raise awareness on issue like this, its prevalence is still concerning.

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    1. I know what you mean, the reality of it is too powerful. What can I say, we're a lazy bunch who'd rather leave it to someone else to worry about. Of course by then it'll all be too late xx

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  9. Such a important issue to write about. I have been thinking about the same things and it really makes me want to do better. I think that there is no excuse in this day an age. Where most of the consumers live in parts of the world where there are information and education on this. They say ignorant is bliss but this could not be further from the truth. I hope we as human beings, inhabits of this earth wakes up before it is to late. But I have faith. In the new generations. There are people who work hard to open peoples eyes and to find solutions! Thank you for sharing this post and these tragic yet so beautiful imagery. Hugs! www.monalisas.no

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    1. That's wonderful, every little bit helps as they say and one less piece of trash out there is one less floundering about. It is amazing how this con continue still, or any other injustice for that matter in todays day and age. You'd think we'd be smarter, learn the errors of our ancestors and improve yet here we are. A have a friend who likes to say, "no wonder aliens don't want to visit us", hahaha xx

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  10. it's true about our world(((((


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  11. Oh, this is so sad! I absolutely stand behind your words, Sonya! It's time to open our eyes and start doing the best we can for mother nature. The photos above prove that nature can transform everything into something beautiful. I really hope that humans will stop with the pollution...

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  12. This is so true while so many are doing their part to reduce waste and recycle other do not care. It will come a day when they will understand what their realize by their action we cannot enjoy our rivers, lakes, beaches or even just fresh water and when they cough after every breath due to the air being polluted is when they going to want to do something and is to late. Is as simple as taking part by purchasing a recycle bag when shopping I even have one for Marshalls, and do not use our planet as garbage is very sad. Great topic.

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    1. I meant when after understand not sorry phone spell check

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    2. Ahhh I hate when phones do that Jackie hahaha! I feel like the ones not caring outweigh those of us who do. We'll all be made accountable some day, it's sad that those of us doing the right thing STILL have to suffer the consequences of those uncaring fools! xx

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  13. You have to see what our beaches were at the end of the summer Sonia, is a big shame and an important issue. His project is great and honestly have never heard of it. xo

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    1. That's terrible Lilli, streets are usually littered with junk period so I can only imagine the horrors that line those resplendent Italian beaches. This should really hurt all of our hearts but Kudos to the artist for capturing our neglect brilliantly, in a way that should really open the eyes of everyone. xx

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  14. Such a shame... and what an incredible way to show it off!! Powerful and thought provoking art indeed. We all should take care of our environment and it's habitants! Thank you for reminding that, Sonia. I love it!!

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  15. What a lovely and thoughtful post. It's a shame that the younger generation must deal with the consequences and actions that were caused years before us. Definitely thought provoking, thanks for sharing.

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    1. So very true, I feel so sad for them. Thanks for your comment Anjelique xx

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  16. This is alarming , so much waste materials ,especially when they can be recycled . Even though i can call this art it's still a form of recycling. Great post.

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  17. These pictures speak volumes... Thanks for sharing Sonia!
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  18. Such a great step towards nature and earth !!
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  19. Wow it is amazing how someone took something so ugly and made it beautiful!

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  20. Great post!
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  21. Amazing post and such interesting and beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!
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  22. Such a plastic world! thanks for sharing this interesting post doll!!!
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  23. This is such a lovely post. <3

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  24. These pics are wonderful and terrible at the same time. I'm a recycling woman and mother and I've been teaching my kids to reuse everything possible.
    I love your posts :)))

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    1. Good for you Elena and what a beautiful quality to instil into your children too. It's their future we're shaping after all xx

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  25. I don't understand how some people can be so thoughtless, selfish, inconsiderate slobs. Rinsing and sorting empties and taking them to recycling centers is not that difficult. The corporate world also bears blame when they make containers that can not be easily recycled. Kudos to you for sharing the images from http://www.styleformankind.com/2015/05/washed-up-alejandro-duran.html

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    1. I know what you mean. I wish those corporations contributing to the problem would do more to rectify this too. And a big kudos to Kenny for bringing this to my attention in the first place. I hope others will share this too xx

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  26. Amazing photos ! :)
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  27. Wow, this is so shocking and awakening... we need to be aware of what's going on and be more cautious about what we are doing to our world. x

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  28. I am very sensitive to this matter and I generally take care of recycling everything in the right way, however I think that most of the people don't want to see what we are doing to the world with our careless behaviour!
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  29. It's amazing!
    I love this post!

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  30. These photos capture such an alarming quantity of waste! Have a great day!

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  31. LOVE THIS POST!!!! <3
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  32. I did a double take at the first picture because at first glance I thought it was emeralds only to realized it's green plastic bottles. It's disturbing to think how we all play a notorious part in destroying Mother Nature, which is why I'm trying to use more eco-friendly brands these days.

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    1. It can be easy to mistake. You'd never expect to find colour coordinated garbage placed perfectly on a serene landscape would you? I know I still contribute to this problem also but I will always endeavour to improve starting with ceasing the use of my facial scrub which alarmingly contains microbeads xx

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  33. Beautiful pictures for a very scary subject. Funny you mention these particles b/c I recently had a ver bad reaction to the Perricone products and when I did some research turns out it uses nanoparticles which are like these quite bad. I am going to do a post on this. Great post.

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    1. That is amazing Allie, I mean about sharing these images. I hope more people will do the same xx

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  34. Microbeads was a word unknown to me and entirely out of my vocabulary until now - thanks for the introduction Sonia! These images are so evocative; I've only recently opened my eyes to the issue, though these photos/artwork are really driving it home. The first image in particular is very powerful!

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    1. I'd just learned of them myself Gabrielle and completely removing anything using this, which sadly includes my facial scrub. xx

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  35. I do not remember where but I had heard of Duran's project somewhere - maybe I read about it in a magazine. In any case it is such an interesting and thought-provoking project. A piece of garbage on it's own is so insignificant and unspectacular, but en mass is a scary and devastating thing, which Duran was able to make aesthetically beautiful.

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  36. These photos are beautifully haunting. I almost don't want to believe that people contribute to pollution this way. I too am a recycling nazi. I just wish that we had a better recycling system here in my hometown. No officials seem to advocate such a small challenge to help our planet. It's a shame.

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    1. Oh that is terrible. I don't know what I would do if I didn't have a recycling bin to properly dispose of recyclables. I hope things will improve in your town and you get one too. BTW I am sure I'll get an opportunity soon for that DIY. I'm pretty fickle with cases (which, after this post, shows that I need to work on this) xx

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  37. this is really a very important message in that project....The photos make you think about our world and what we do with it, and I hope the photos will spread the world...Such a great and intressting post :)

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  38. this is so hauntingly beautiful but when you take a closer look you'll see the devastation behind the beauty. thanks for sharing this.

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  39. That's really impressive Sonia!!

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  40. Foto davvero che fanno riflettere ..

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  41. nice post.
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  42. Oh, amazing pics! This is our planet ;(
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  43. Looking at it I loved the compositions. But then you realize this is the hard truth that nobody wants to see. We buy so much stuff and throw away so much at the same time we hardly think about what is done to waste. Powerful and thought provoking images indeed.
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  44. I really appreciate this - working in a contemporary fine art gallery I can definitely respect this and it is things like this that will truly change the world. Well done!!


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  45. Incredible photos. These are just amazing. I could look at these all days.

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  46. Wow, you're right. These are beautiful images but so haunting at the waste we make.

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  47. These are incredibly beautiful pieces of art, but at the same time so scary! I love these pictures so much, thank you for sharing these! x

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  48. great post
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  49. Lovely post and blog! :)

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  50. A lot people don't think twice about out planet that we call home. Making this into art will most definitely open some peoples eyes to the issue.
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  51. Aren't the images full of stories? Kudos to the artist that made this. xx

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    1. And kudos to you for sharing this in the first place K xx

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  52. this is something I definitely do not want to see now or years down the road, so appalling.... the least people can do is just toss their trash in the nearest trash bin, seriously!
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  53. This is so pretty AND powerful- the message is beyond clear. Gotta clean our acts up!

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  54. WOW! Beautiful photos! <3 <3

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  55. WOW! Beautiful photos! <3 <3

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  56. I remember when Kenny first posted these images and it was really jarring. As you mentioned, they are indeed eerily beautiful but to think of all that waste out there is truly disturbing. This should certainly give us some real motivation to be more mindful of the waste we create and be better about recycling.

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  57. Your photos are amazing and really tell the story!

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  58. So moving! The photos first seem beautiful then are sad and eerie! I'm trying to recycle more but I feel like it's only a small step. Thanks for writing about this

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  59. Very nice pics! I'm agree with you and these pics are really amazing..
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  60. It is horrible and not enough is being done. Nature can only regenerate itself so much. As consumers we need to be more mindful of the products and packaging we buy.
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  61. Aw such a deep post S! Thanks for sharing you are so right, wonderful words!
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  62. Awesome post! If only everyone was conscious of the harm we cause to this planet we call home, things would be much different.
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  63. Gorgeous images and very thought provoking, it's scary when you think just how much damage we do to our beautiful planet!

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  64. I'm so torn about my feelings on these photos. They're beautiful, but at the same time they shock and disgust me. I don't think enough is being done to educate the world about this crisis. At home we recycle and we compost our food waste. The city makes it very easy because they provide every home with recycling and compost boxes, yet I still I see neighbours that don't use them. When will people learn?

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