Public Participation Encouraged in Litter Awareness Public Art Sculpture Installations
BRUNSWICK, GA (November 29, 2016) — In 2015, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful volunteers recovered 65.6 tons of litter and 60.7 tons of recyclables from area roadways, waterways, marshes and public spaces. Seeking innovative community engagement opportunities focusing on litter prevention, the organization was awarded two grants that fund a creative project to tackle litter in a unique way. Teaming with the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau and Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association, Keep Golden Isles Beautiful is combining litter prevention and public art access.
Five unique sculptures will be placed in community public spaces, each portraying a coastal creature and highlighting the effects litter has on its environment. Fabricated of metal mesh, each hollow sculpture contains internal space for trash placement, spotlighting the juxtaposition of creature versus litter.
“This community art and environmental education project will serve as cultural destination points for local residents and tourists alike,” said Keep Golden Isles Beautiful executive director Lea King-Badyna. “We hope the custom sculptures will spark dialogue and encourage stewardship regarding litter and our valuable coastal resources.“
To celebrate the sculpture installation and encourage public participation, one sculpture will be installed each day for five days:
- January 30, HERON, North Glynn Sports Complex;
- January 31, MANATEE, Overlook Park;
- February 1, PELICAN, Mary Ross Park;
- February 2, SHRIMP, Blythe Island Regional Park;
- February 3, RIGHT WHALE, old Coast Guard Station beach parking lot.
On each sculpture installation day, litter cleanups will be conducted at the installation areas at 3:30PM, with collected aluminum and hard plastics inserted into the sculpture at the 4PM installations. Citizen involvement in both the litter cleanups and sculpture installations is encouraged and welcomed. “We hope that those who join in the cleanups and installations will feel ownership of the sculptures and connected to the project and our coastal resources,” said King-Badyna. “These cleanups take place in the afternoon to give families and youth groups a chance to be involved.”
“The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation is delighted to have partnered with KGIB to support this innovative project. For Coastal Georgia, our environment and natural resources are precious and deserving of our utmost respect. ‘Make Art Not Litter’ is a great way to engage both our community and our visitors in the important work of stopping litter before it starts,” said Dr. Valerie Hepburn, past President & CEO, Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation.
“The concept is simple,” said King-Badyna. “CLEAN. Volunteers participate in community cleanups. CREATE. Participants fill the sculptures with the collected litter. CELEBRATE. Community members gather to share their efforts and celebrate the sculpture installations that represent a clean and green community.”
The “Coastal Litter Prevention Program” sculpture project was made possible to Keep Golden Isles Beautiful under grant award #NA15NOS4190160 to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources from the Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, while the “Make Art Not Litter” sculpture project was made possible by a grant from the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation.
Educational interpretative signage will accompany each sculpture, as well as a geocaching component to encourage visiting all five sculptures.
For more project information and participant registration, contact Keep Golden Isles Beautiful at email@example.com or 912/279.1490.