Creative Waves artists will provide a series of well-being workshops for all ages focusing on reusing, recycling and reducing waste. The free, collaborative activities will endorse community engagement through creative problem solving; October 2019 -March 2020. Some of the artwork created at the workshops will be photographed and displayed as part of our annual exhibition on Worthing pier. The community exhibition will be easily accessible and free to view every day of the year; April 2020-2021. A local craftsman will bring our designs to life by making a 1.5m 2.7m long, eye catching stainless steel sculpture that works as a functional recycling bin that inspires and reminds us all to 'think global and act local'. It will be launched at a free community event September 2019. The see-through design will visually show how much plastic we use. The sculpture will be situated in a prime public location and be emptied regularly by Worthing Council's waste collection team.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
The project is inspired by our responsibility to reduce our waste and how the acceleration of global waste is threatening wildlife, the environment and all of us. The functional, public sculpture will be used to attract attention and visually motivate people to recycle and be more aware of the volume of waste we all produce. Our workshops have a positive impact on people's well being through collaborative, creative activities that motivate us to make a difference within our community. Developing new skills and confidence using low/no cost materials to share with family/friends. Teaching the wider community how to be resourceful, learning transferable skills that can be applied to every day life to improve mental well-being whilst exploring fun and engaging ways to make, create and connect with others. The pier exhibition & sculpture will inspire participants & new audiences to go for a walk to view the work, simple ways to improve mental and physical health.
Steps to get it done:
The sculpture is inspired by Goby the plastic bottle eating fish! http://yupthatexists.com/goby-plastic-beach-fish/ "This local beach decided to do something simple, they made a giant see through fish out of barbed wire and mesh, and added a sign to it that said “Goby loves plastic, please feed him”. In the last year we have been inundated with people asking us to organise a recycling fish sculpture for Worthing so we asked the council if they would empty it! They said yes! Reducing our waste means less environmental impact, less resources and less energy used which saves us money. This project could also help to bridge the gap between the community and local councils. Working together to improve our public services and our responsibility to reduce our waste which in turn helps the environment.
About the space
East Beach Studios, BN11 2FG
Worthing Borough Council