Great week working with young people at #EDSCIFEST at Dynamic Earth. A chance to examine one of the most common litter items and common forms of plastic PET [Polyethylene terephthalate] that ends up in our seas.
Visitors joined me to calculate how much energy (petrol) we can save by recycling plastic bottle. Bottles weighed 11 – 45 grams and using an Embodied Energy formula for PET we calculated that the energy value of 100 bottles each weighing 30 grams would contain the energy/petrol equivalent to travel 84 km in a small car, or 385 calories, enough energy to walk 7km. Thought provoking images and values to share and make us all determined to make sure we don’t drop but recycle all our bottles. Thanks to everyone who attended, donated bottles and helped out with the event. Looking forward to bringing all the #LitterCUBES to #EDSCIFEST 2020.
As the spring tides roll in, I am making a call-out for thousands of plastic litter items with which I will make 12 sculptures #LitterCUBES this year.
If you, your friends, beach cleaning groups, schools, business’s can help please get in touch. I am asking people to collect seven “known offenders” to illustrate the volume, nature and energy contained in the plastic litter on our beaches. I am arranging for collection barrels to be placed in the locations I will be working in and I will send out bags and labels for posting smaller items like fishing line and cotton bud sticks. #LitterCUBES will be completed and shown at the following locations in 2019This project is being made possible with partial funding from individual donations, r.a.g and Schallion co-operative giving collectives, Tayside Biodiversity Partnership , Eyemouth Marine and with much in-kind support from Eyemouth, Ullapool, Dunbar Harbour Trusts and Eyemouth and Ullapool arts centres.
I am waiting for decisions on several applications, but the project still needs your continued support. Please donate using the DONATE button at the top of this page.
Click here for more information about the #LitterCUBES project
Posters available to advertise beach collections – leave a request in the comment box
…community members of Dunbar joined me at Dunbar Harbour on Tuesday night to hear discuss how I’m planning to make two #LitterCUBE sculptures at the harbour, using discarded, washed up plastic drinks bottles and net ends commonly found in the harbour and along the local beaches. I shared how I want to make the sculptures to highlight the plastic leaking into the sea and the value of this plastic that’s being wasted.
We had a wonderful and exciting exchange of ideas, followed by great suggestions of how to link into the towns many environmental and arts activities . The upshot is we have begun a great supportive net-work, as strong as the net I will be sewing together to make a #LitterCUBE from.
Residents…… teachers……. arts organisers……. the harbour trustees…….. artists……. marine biologist…… parents and a business manager at the meeting wonderfully offered support and suggested that I aim to stage the event in June, to link into Dunbar Civic week and North Light Arts Sea Change exhibition.
June 10th-23rd : proposed dates for making the#LitterCUBES in Dunbar . More detail about events to be added as soon as I am clear about the funding situation. Anyone can help by collecting materials for the #LitterCUBES which will be stored at the Harbour. Please get in touch if you can help.
As the southerly winds blow, whipping up a wild sea in front of my new studio on the NW coast, I am conscious of the challenging year it’s been planning and fund raising for my ambitious #LitterCUBE 2019 work.
So, it’s with great pleasure and relief, that I can announce I have raised over £18,000 worth of support, made up of both cash donations and pledges of equipment loans, peoples time, provision of space, accommodation e.t.c . Fantastically this represents over a third of the whole project costs.
Thank You to everyone and many more anonymous individuals and organisations who have invested in the project. Please do contact me with your postal address to receive a Beach Litter Guide . I will also be posting out 20 surprise prints!
These donations have enabled me to demonstrate the support I have in an application to Creative Scotland for the remaining funding support I need to construct the #LitterCUBES in Edinburgh, Lerwick, Scalloway, Dunbar, Ullapool, Eyemouth and Angus next year. Fingers crossed for a positive decision at the end of January. I am continuing to look for further support to cover the costs of this ambitious project: Any suggestions most welcome.
I will be holding an information event at Dunbar Harbour on Tuesday 15th January at McArthur’s store meeting room 5-7pm, everyone is welcome. Come along to find out more and here about opportunities to get involved.
My Just Giving page remains open until New Year’s Eve and donations via the blog are greatly received anytime.
Over the past few weeks I have been testing out potential support in new coastal locations where I intend making a number of my #LitterCUBES next year.
Invitations from the Hippodrome arts venue in Eyemouth and the Angus Coastal Festival led me to share my entangled arts/science journey with marine litter in illustrated talks over the past few weeks, in a gallery and during practical workshops on the beaches. Over 100 interested residents eagerly asked questions about my findings and were keen to talk through local beach litter issues, e.g. takeaway food litter in Eyemouth and broken Creel components in Angus- all were concerned about the volume of fishing litter washed up and intrigued to talk through my idea of making big #LitterCUBES out of litter specific to their coast line.
Such informal interactive events like these are at the core of my work. An Eyemouth resident after studying my working drawings (below) showing how I will calculate the energy loss that a CUBE represents, in terms of litres of petrol – suggested I also calculate the loss of energy in terms of calories. A great suggestion especially for younger members of the the public i.e. this CUBE has the same energy as ’50 fish suppers’
In addition to ideas and offers of help, many donations were made to my Just Giving #LitterCUBE appeal, which has today reached £1,314. I still need to raise another £686 so please pass on the link to as many people as you can. Take a look at the appeal video showing one of the making processes. Thank you to everyone who has donated!
I am available and happy to give illustrated talks and run close examination beach workshops to groups in return for a fee/donation towards making the 30 sculptures in 2019 Please get in touch. I took the project story south to Anglesey last week and made interesting coastal connections with Bangor U3A & Friends of The Anglesey Coastal Path
To make a series of 30 large sculptures #LitterCUBES from plastic beach litter collected from shorelines around Scotland in 2019, to show the link between plastic and oil. I want to engage people in weighing the #LitterCUBES to calculate how many litres of petrol each CUBE represents .
Donations of any amount are welcomed to start the fundraising to make the sculptures, so we can visualise the true cost of plastic pollution. Visit myJust-Givingcrowd funding page to learn more and to donate.
Click below to listen to a Podcast explaining the background to the #LitterCUBES
There are limited edition prints of small # LitterCUBE surfaces to win.
Please pass on the Just Giving link and leave suggestions of how to promote the appeal. Thank you!
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the exhibition runs until Sun 23 Sept 2018
My work MARINE PLASTIC OF SCOTLAND [Lothian] littoralis: belonging to the shoreline, is on display at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. It is a collection of common plastic litter items found along Edinburgh’s shoreline. Their classification and display reflecting the herbarium’s taxonomy and preservation techniques. The analogy of colonising species echoes plastic’s living origin – oil.
Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh opening times: 10.00 am — 5.45 pm Venue:John Hope Gateway , free entry.
Please visit the exhibition, take a closer look and let me know what you think.