I want to produce a short film to show the connection between plastic waste and the loss of oil that it represents. During my #LitterCUBES events 2019, I found that hundreds of people were unaware that plastic is primarily made from oil.
I plan to work again with Shetland film maker JJ Jamieson. I intend the film to be projected with the #LitterCUBES in the lead up to Cop26 Climate Conference. I need £2,500 to cover the very basic costs of making and editing the film.
You can make a donation by clicking on the orange DONATE button at the top of the page. In return you will receive a limited edition print of my ‘2020 Message in a Bottle’ photograph. Thank you!
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, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Scottish Natural Heritage, 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.
…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.
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.
Collecting shoreline specimens along the Firth of Forth #BeatPlasticPollution
Join me along Edinburgh City shoreline on World Environment Day Tuesday 5 June and World Oceans Day Friday 8 June where I will be collecting plastic litter samples to classify for my specimen collection for the Shoreline Project exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh opening on 23rd June.
Please come – all community members and visitors welcome to join me in examining the specimens ready for classification.
Meet at Portobello beach on Tuesday 5 June 10 – 11am and New Haven/Wardie Bay on Friday 8 June 1 pm
I would like to thank all people involved from Shetland who helped Littoral Sci Art Project win a Shetland Environmental Award 2017
As communities across Shetland tackle the annual spring ‘Da Voar Redd Up’ Beach Cleans, I am happy to share a recent Radio Shetland broadcast on #PlasticPollution featuring a report with Sita Goudie the Shetland Amenity Trust Environmental Improvement officer in which she describes Littoral Art Project’s educational work across Shetland in 2016.
Click here to listen >
This year’s awards were sponsored by Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Shetland Islands Council, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, Shetland Civic Society, VisitScotland, Shetland Bird Club and Shetland Amenity Trust. The awards plaques were sponsored and supplied by Cunningsburgh based Enviroglass, which recycles Shetland’s waste glass.
Winter snowfalls are providing a welcome respite from seeing strand-line plastic – allowing time for focusing on the natural forms of familiar Northern shorelines. One of the lowest tides this winter took place on the 2nd February- allowing access to see some of the biggest and heaviest of our marine algae – Laminaria (Kelp) beautifully bowed over, shiny and relaxed in the slack water . The ‘stand of the tide’ provided me the opportunity for a few hours observation of these brown seaweeds. Close up its easy to appreciate that they produce the main plant material for the coastal food web. Anchored along the low water line and out into the sub-tidal zone the submerged kelp form ‘forests’ – a perfect habitat for fish, shellfish and other animals to get food and find hiding places. The rich biodiversity of our coastline is fascinating and clear to see when walking through this dynamic inter-tidal world/zone .
As the media begins to wake up to the ‘Plastic Pollution’ issue evidenced on our shore lines, I revel in my momentary ‘Plastic Free’ time in the Littoral Zones
reinvigorated by many winter walks in this rich dynamic environment I am preparing to seek out support for my work – to visually tell the story of this important ecological CONTACT ZONE that is now constantly battered and often smothered by our litter.
I am looking for online help to crowd fund for the next phase of this project focusing on making work in public settings this year, to be toured to Harbours, Ports, Museums, Street Festivals next year. Please get in touch if you can offer any help by leaving a comment below or emailing me Julia Barton firstname.lastname@example.org