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Beach trash to Art



The Auckland Stopover is organizing a beach clean-up with a difference as part of its efforts around the Volvo Ocean Race’s global initiative “Keep the Oceans Clean!”


Members of the public are invited to participate in a three hour clean-up of the beaches of Motuihe Island on the Hauraki Gulf this Saturday (10 March). And, in a unique twist, each piece of trash collected may be transformed into art.


The Volvo Ocean Race has partnered with Skeleton Sea, an organisation working to reduce ocean pollution. By turning trash into art, Skeleton Sea provides a creative insight into the reasons why it is so important to keep oceans clean while educating the public about the consequences of plastic pollutants in the oceans.


Participants in the Motuihe clean up this weekend will see their work immortalised in the art that Skelton Sea artist Joao Parrinha will create from the beach trash. The sculpture planned is a giant whale tail and it will be pieced together in free workshops open to all at the Voyager NZ Maritime from 11-17 March.


Ports of Auckland has generously sponsored a 360 Discovery Cruises vessel which will transport volunteers from Auckland City to the island, known well to Auckland locals for its beaches and busy weekend anchorages.


Jacqui Smith, co-ordinator of the Volvo Ocean Race’s “Keep the Oceans Clean!” campaign, said that the event is gathering momentum worldwide and has been massively successful in other Stopover ports to date.


“We’re just hoping that this helps people think about their everyday actions when it comes to litter and plastics” she said. “A bottle cap dropped on the ground can end up in the ocean and in a turtle’s throat. That’s a shame and a responsibility that we should all feel.”


Other sculptures created by Skeleton Sea can be seen outside the Voyager Museum and there’s a not-to-be-missed oceanic video experience in the Dome in the Race Village.


After the fleet departs on Leg 5, the Auckland beach trash sculpture will be donated to the Museum and left on display to continue the awareness campaign.


What: Beach clean-up on Motuihe Island

Where: Meet outside Voyager NZ Maritime Museum to depart on free ferry from Pier 4

When: Sign up prior to 10am. Return by 1pm

Who: First 100 – all welcome!