Grand Finale in Galway!

Joao went straight from Lorient to Galway, Ireland, to create with the local help in art workshops a Medusa – a Jelly Fish made from beach rubbish found all over the world. The last week was the final week of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-2012. An epic journey came to its end – as well for Skeleton Sea. Lots of memories, lot of new friends, 10 new art pieces created after local beach clean ups and what a wonderful end for this special project:

This weekend on Sunday Prince Carl Philip of Sweden gave a royal seal of approval to the Volvo Ocean Race of 2011-12 in Galway. He was up early to be given a personal tour of the Race’s Keep the Oceans Clean! exhibition dome by project leader Jacqui Smith and Skeleton Sea artist João Parrinha who have travelled around the world with the event making art from rubbish found on host port beaches.

“It’s an amazing project together with Skeleton Sea. But it’s actually quite scary to see how much garbage is out there – but then to see what art they can make out of this ocean garbage. It’s been a really good project.“If you look at the Keep the Oceans Clean movie about the albatross, for example, you see how they find a lot of garbage when they dissect the dead albatross. But it’s not just birds but tuna, fish. Garbage affects the ocean, the animals, the fish and of course, us, as well. So it’s critical that we all take steps to cut back and reduce ocean pollution,” stated Prince Carl Philip of Sweden after the visit.

The Prince was accompanied on the visit by Stefan Jacoby, CEO and President of Volvo Cars, Olof Persson, CEO and President of Volvo Group, and Volvo Ocean Race CEO, Knut Frostad.



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Olof Persson, CEO and President of Volvo Group and Stefan Jacoby, CEO and President of Volvo Car Corporation, Knut Frostad, CEO Volvo Ocean Race, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, Jacqui Smith, Project Coordinator Keep the Oceans Clean!, Skeleton Sea artist Joao Parrinha, in the Volvo Ocean Race village in Galway, during the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12.

Thank you VOLVO OCEAN RACE for having us with you and thank you Jacqui for all your help. We want to come back to the next edition Volvo Ocean Race 2014. Here are some last impression of the Skeleton Sea art workshop for the KEEP THE OCEANS CLEAN campaign in Galway, Ireland:

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