By: Keith Cialino
Each new Atlantic storm pounds the shore with empty bottles, lost cigarette lighters, forgotten beach toys, discarded coffee cups, and enough plastic utensils to stock a small cafeteria. Now, local artists are using marine debris as a new medium to express their views.
The NOAA Restoration Center and NOAA Marine Debris Program organized an exhibit at the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO) featuring local artwork created from marine debris.
The Angry Ocean Project, by Kathy Abbott, is made from a combination of trash found on local beaches and real marine animal artifacts (fish, shellfish, etc.). Kathy’s creatures emerge from the ocean to show the toll that plastic pollution has on marine life. Each week in June, a different family of creatures rotates through the NOAA building’s first floor.
Catch What Whales Shouldn’t Have to Eat by Nina Samoiloff: This project is part archaeology, photography, sculpture, and environmentalism. It serves as a collective testament to the blind eye we turn to excess packaging and products and the often careless disposal of them. In her artwork and in her blog, CatchWhatWhaleShouldntHavetoEat, Nina documents her daily collection and discoveries.
The public can view their work Monday-Friday, now through July 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the NOAA GARFO building at 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA.