The process of upcycling inevitably begs the question – how ubiquitous is plastic waste? I pose this question in my current body of work Buoys. On the surface, the buoys symbolize safety on the water, and convey assurance and direction. But an unsettling polemic of opposites exists in Buoys: safety and direction as represented by the nautical markers and clinging to them the uncertain future of plastic debris in our oceans.