Rame art exhibition raises awareness about plastic pollution
AN ART exhibition showcasing works made out of rubbish collected from South East Cornwall's coastline was a huge success, organisers have said.
The show, which featured the work of 14 local artists, was organised by the Rame Peninsula Beach Care group, which aims to increase awareness about plastic pollution.
"All the artists exhibiting in this show have been inspired to give their time for free to create these incredible works from some of the hundreds of sacks of marine debris we have retrieved from our beaches," explained Claire Wallerstein, from Rame Peninsula Beach Care.
"The sculpture show was an amazing success and very well attended," she added.
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"We raised about £400 for our group but most importantly it really increased people's awareness about the whole issue of ocean plastic pollution."
The exhibition included a giant lobster, created by Piers Lockwood.
Much of the lobster was made from hundreds of strips of discarded lobster pot rubber, which had been washed up on the tiny Sandy Parlour beach.
Other items included a board of several hundred cigarette lighters created by Claire Wallerstein. The lighters were all found at Tregantle beach in March.
Ms Wallerstein said she hoped the exhibition showed the impact plastic pollution has on the environment.
"Plastic is by far the most common item we retrieve from our beaches, and it's not just an aesthetic problem," she said.
"Each year it kills hundreds of thousands of sea mammals, turtles and birds."