While it’s certainly tough taking sculptures to beaches and harbours, my #LitterCUBE event days in Ullapool and Dunbar have reaffirmed my belief in the value of working outside of gallery settings, especially to trigger conversations about the link between pollution, sustainability and climate chaos.
‘So what’s that all about?’ ‘What are you doing there?’
were great openers from passers-by to start conversations that ranged widely from the materials the CUBES are made from to who is responsible and the link to the petro-chemical industry. I then encouraged people to become citizen scientists by weighing the #LitterCUBES and calculating the oil & petrol values (Embodied Energy content) represented by each one.
The coastal locations aid discussion of where the materials were collected and originate. The next #LitterCUBES will be made and shown in:
Shetland: August/September (locations and dates to be confirmed)
Arbroath Harbour: Sept 13th & 14th
Eyemouth Harbour: Sept 26th, 27th & 28th
With many thanks to Ullapool Harbour Trust, Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape, An Talla Solais, Dunbar Harbour Trust and North Light Arts for their support with the #LitterCUBES events. Thanks also to volunteers and all those who donated money to make these events possible. Please get in touch if you would like to learn more/join the events.
My preparation for my Dunbar event next week goes on at a pace, processing cotton bud sticks. the smallest litter tems that many beach cleaners have been picking up and sending. The vast majority of the cotton bud sticks I am joining together have understandably been collected along the Firth of Forth and Clyde estuary high tide lines. Shorelines closest to the densest population centres, flushing the sticks down the toilets.
Come and join me to see and weigh the #LitterCUBES at Dunbar Harbour 10.30- 12.30 & 1.30-5.30 on Thurs 20th, Fri 21st & Sat 22nd and help complete the next fishing net/rope #LitterCUBE on the south side of the Harbour.
On Thursday evening (20th June) I am taking part in the John Muir Open ‘Dialogues of Change’ series of conversations at the Town House community room. It’s free!
Tomorrow I will be showing my first #LitterCUBES made from plastic beach litter collected from over 20 beaches in the West Highlands. This is the first of 7 interactive events, where I am asking people to join me to weigh the #LitterCUBES and calculate the energy value of each CUBE in terms of oil and petrol.
Come along and join in on West Shore beach Ullapool 10am-5pm (Thurs30th, Fri 31st and Sat 1st) of follow our findings @LittoralArt
The 3 West Highland #LitterCUBES are made from strapping woven together, drinks bottles laced together and prawn boxes sewn together. Everyone is welcome to have ago at tying together pieces of fishing net to begin making the 4th CUBE . Join me here in Ullapool or at one of my next locations. Please share this story .
This week the big processing job gets underway starting with the bags of plastic litter collected from West Highland beaches. The most recent from community litter picking events at Ullapool, Badentarbet, Isle Martin and Red Point.
PLEASE KEEP THE LITTER COMING the more items are collected, the bigger the sculptures. Plastic pollution is a massive waste of energy we can save.
Please get in touch if you would like to volunteer and get involved. It’s always easier with helpers. Processing involves sorting, taking notes, photographing, washing and drying.
Thanks to all my supporters and for donations from: individuals, Eyemouth Marine Ltd, rag, Sheihallion, Coigach & Assynt Living Landscape, Ullapool Harbour Trust and support in kind from Eyemouth, Dunbar, Arbroath, Lerwick, Ullapool Harbours, An Talla Solais, North Light Arts.
I am continuing to seek funding from small trusts, companies and individuals as unfortunately Littoral Art Project didn’t get further funding from Creative Scotland. Please spread the word that Donations are very much needed and can be made here by pressing the orange DONATE button at the top of the page
Press release: is available here. Please help by sending to a national paper or magazine.
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.
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…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.
Thanks to the Dunbar Harbour Trust (and Quentin Dimmer, the Harbour Master) for hosting the event and North Light Arts for helping with promoting the evening event.
You can help to ensure this event happens by making a donation here on the site . Press DONATE to project at the top of the page. Thank you !