February 2010, Xandi Kreuzeder & Joao Parrinha
Material: FlipFlops, Mixed Media ; Size: 150 x 150 x 350 cm
Location: Msambweni, Kenya
Our Skeleton Sea awareness project in Kenya is a shared project with Uniqueco, an environmental conservation group, and the Msambweni Turtle conservation group.
There are seven types of sea turtles in the world, and unfortunately six of these are on the red list as either threatened or endangered.
Following a big beach cleaning session in Msambweni, and helped by local school kids, we decided to create a big sea turtle and other pieces inspired by african wildlife using the marine debris recovered on the beach. A group of local craftsman demonstrated how they work with discarded flip flops, thousands of which are washed up onto the beaches. After gluing flip flops into larger blocks, they carve incredible artworks using only knives.
We named our piece the Msambweni Ark. Her mission is to raise awareness of the threat to sea turtles posed by plastic pollution, and to help spread the message based around the importance of keeping our oceans clean.
We would like to thank WSP Deutschland AG ,a German engineering company and the generous sponsor of this particular project.