Naturalia - CODAworx


Submitted by Maria Torrendell


Location: Montevideo, Uruguay

Completion date: 2018

Project Team


Maria Torrendell


Magdalena Gurmendez



“This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used.”

Henry David Thoreau (1817- 1862)

Maybe as a biologist I have always felt connected to the Natural world, even as a child. I was fortunate enough to live in front of the beach by the River Plate, a very wide estuary that connects to the Atlantic Ocean in Montevideo, Uruguay. I observed the color and state of the water every single day and every day it was different. Many times we had dolphins swimming, always in pods. Nowadays, 45 years later I still observe the water daily and go to the same beach but the reality is quite different. Dolphins have left because waters are polluted by chemical wastes, plastic debris and we often have toxic algae blooms, produced by fertilizers used in the countryside which eventually go to rivers and the ocean producing unbalances in the water ecosystem.
All around the world the natural resources are being treated without responsibility sometimes causing irreversible damage and I think this will eventually turn against us.
Through this work I would like to reflect upon this situation and encourage the protection of our natural resources as well as our responsibility in our consuming habits


The goal of this project is to bring awareness of the current environmental situation and to encourage education as a way to improve understanding of the idea that environmental issues should be taken seriously