This is an image of Spiral Island, Richart Sowa,s second attempt at building an Eco-Yland which floated upon 250,000 netted plastic bottles preserved in darkness away from the suns ulra-violet rays. 

He began in 1997 in the marina system of Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo, Mexico and the Island flourished with mangroves of up to eight meters tall and trunk widths of six inches diameter. 

In 2005 Spiral Island was moored from her mangroves which were roped to the jettys car/sized rocks but just before an attempt to float the Island further south, she was washed onto a nearby shore by hurricane Emily. 

 Spiral Island was moored from her mangroves which were roped to the marina jetty,s car sized rocks. This event showed clearly the Floating Islands tenacity and strength with it,s mangroves very well rooted through the 1.5 mtre depth of plastic airfilled bottles, because the tremendous force of the hurracane winds dragged these rocks up to the beach!

After only a few days the leafless mangroves were again sprouting!

The debris was cleared by a condo developing team and 10 bags of bottles were saved from the wreckage and used to begin the current floating Eco-Yland of JOYSXEE.


After two years of planning, in July 2007 the floating Eco-Yland of Joysxee was spawned using 10 well preserved bags of bottles in the Laguna Makash, Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is a lush, carribean fish shaped island 14 kilometers off the coast of Cancun and has a temple dedicated to Ixchel the Mayan goddess of fertility. From the air, the Laguna Makash can be seen clearly in the position of the fishes womb and Joysxee Island is now taking the shape of a baby fish and is flourishing after five years of incubation. Joysxee is now 25m wide and 30m long, floating on approximately 150,000 plastic bottles.

Spiral Yland II

Joysxee Yland