The first orange was  found  on Monday 14th of October

Hello Julia   I found an orange yesterday! This one between Ullapool point and Rhue. Coordinates to follow.   Picture attached (below) A few day later he wrote back   I took the skiff rowers on a search along the shore of the loch opposite Ullapool this evening but found no oranges. I’ll continue to look .   John


The co-ordinates that John e mailed me have located the first orange to have been found along Morefield beach below.

Map of 1st orange found

The photograph of the orange was entitled ‘UP’ i.e. the code on the oranges released at Ullapool Point. So  our Orange experiment has shown how quickly (3 days or less) litter dropped on the beaches around Ullapool could end up on a beach  further west. Reminding me of the saying that a visitor to my studio noted down for me ‘ Don’t throw it away. There’s no away’

OS writing a comment

I’m hoping for more sightings. Please keep looking !  Remember don’t eat the evidence , compost it!

100m along the strandline

I am now engaged in the process of  cataloguing all the information I collected while based in Ullapool.  I recorded  the beach litter along 100m of the strandline  on  15 beaches in the Wester-Ross  and Sutherland areas.  During the walks I tried out different ways of recording litter, using tally systems  [ bottle tops III , aluminium cans  II etc].  I experimented listing materials then specifying the object.  I will continue to work out the final format over the coming weeks/months.

Port A Bhaigh strandline walk-1                   Rhue beach litter          strandline PDF

Whichever way you look at it the lists make sober reading when keeping in mind they are from such beautiful beaches found around Loch Inver and Loch Broom, all seemingly ‘clean and pristine beaches, until we look more closely.

White  Beach       rhue beach     MOREFIELD BEACH - Copy

Reflect and review

My 4 weeks in Ullapool have been incredibly busy. I have met many wonderful people keen to help me learn about litter along the nearby beaches. I am so grateful for the positive response I have received for my project,  the warm welcome and fantastic west coast hospitality.  Massive thanks to people popping into my studio at An Talla Solais, volunteers, teachers and pupils from all the schools, ecologists, marine biologists, conservationists and fellow artists.
studio wide

I am now pausing to reflect and review the vast amount of information I have collected, ideas that are jotted down on maps, photographs, notebooks and the walls of my studio at An Talla Solais.

stuio shoulder shot studio detail 2 studio detail 1 studio detail

At the beginning of November I will return to install temporary artworks in a variety locations in Ullapool in response to my research.

Postcards from Achiltibuie

postcards from Achiltibuie 1

The  captured microscope images of plastic objects found on the beach at Badentarbet and the children’s words arrived at the studio in An Talla Solais today, in the form of 14 postcards, to the interest of  everyone who called in at the studio. Their observations and thoughts being read carefully to see what they had gleaned from our morning in the littoral zone.

Achiltibuie postcards 2