Environmentalists in Indonesia are eager to raise awareness about the world’s worsening plastics problem to encourage people to reject single-use plastic bags and bottles. The outdoor exhibition in Gresik, East Java took three months to assemble and is made up of over 10,000 plastic waste items collected from polluted rivers and beaches such as bottles, sachets, and straws. The exhibit’s centerpiece is the statue of “Dewi Sri,” a goddess of wealth who is worshipped by the Javanese. “These plastics are very difficult to recycle… Starting today, we should stop consuming single-use plastic because it will pollute our ocean, which is also our source of food,” said Prigi Arisandi, the museum’s founder. Over 400 people have seen the show since it launched early last month.

The plastics issue is particularly acute in Indonesia, an archipelago nation that ranks second only to China in terms of plastic pollution in the seas. The four countries, including the Philippines and Vietnam, are responsible for more than half of all ocean plastics, and Indonesian efforts to reduce plastic packaging use have had mixed outcomes. “I will have to buy reusable things such as drinking bottles instead of buying plastic bottles,” said student Ayu Chandra Wulan. “By looking at how much waste there is here, I feel sad.”