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Polvo Incognito

On the occasion of the World Ocean Day in June 2015 the Blue Octopus was created as a symbol for the clean waves around Ericeira in Portugal – the world’s first and only World Surfing Reserve in Europe!

In the week preceding the World Ocean Day Skeleton Sea cleaned the beaches around Ericeira with local school kids. They then turned the waste into art including the eight arms and head of the Polvo Azul.

In 2018 the Polvo Azul was  updated to the Polvo Incognit by Joao Parrinha & Xandi Kreuzeder with the following message:

Revenge will come.

Forget about the past … we are the survivors.

We do not need to sleep, we do not need to live together as a group.

We have more than one brain and we are able to solve problems and hide without anyone being able to discover our stalking. We know how to defend ourselves against our adversaries, it does not matter if it is a shark or a human.

We do not have bones that allows us to escape from the impossible.

Plastic is not our problem, we can survive it.

Our biggest enemy is the human who cuts us into pieces for salad.

The human that warms up the world while destroying our ecosystem.

This miserly human.

This greedy human.

But there is something unknown of us, we have memory and rancor,

on the day of the uprising we will fight to death.

Artists: Joao Parrinha & Xandi Kreuzeder in  Ericeira, Portugal
Material: Mixed Beach Trash; Size: 450 cm diameter

 

An Ocean of Change – Informação para os Media

Ericeria, Portugal – Dia 4 de abril de 2019

UM OCEANO EM MUDANÇA – LIMPEZA DE PRAIA em cooperação com Ocean Hope, Futurix e Skeleton Sea promovido pelo Gabinete do Parlamento Europeu e pela Representação da Comissão Europeia em Portugal.

 INTRODUÇÃO

O que as ondas atiram para as nossas praias é apenas uma pequena fração da matéria artificial que se encontra nos nossos oceanos e os conspurca. O que se passa com os nossos oceanos? Ainda que por vezes pareça que se ruma em direção ao desconhecido e que a poluição continua a aumentar, o título emergente “Um Oceano em mudança” representa uma transição positiva para as águas atormentadas: respeito pela natureza, prevenção de lixo e medidas para devolver a saúde aos nossos mares.

DIA MARÍTIMO EUROPEU

Em 2019, o Dia Marítimo Europeu – EMD2019, decorrerá nos dias 16 e 17 de maio, em Lisboa. O foco do EMD2019 será o empreendedorismo azul: a inovação e o investimento para transformar setores marítimos tradicionais e impulsionar tecnologias emergentes e cadeias de valor. Será dado um foco específico às áreas da investigação e da inovação para um oceano livre de plástico

A “Skeleton Sea – Arte do Mar” exibirá duas das suas emblemáticas obras de arte: “Mermaid” e “Abyss”, ambas criadas a partir de lixo retirado do mar.

UM OCEANO EM MUDANÇA

A cooperação entre três iniciativas ecológicas localizadas na área de Lisboa, em parceria com o Gabinete do Parlamento Europeu e a Representação da Comissão Europeia em Portugal, é muito mais do que um sucesso temporário e conta com o envolvimento ativo da população.

“Um Oceano em Mudança“ é o mote para uma atuação conjunta, tanto com a natureza como pela natureza e que, posteriormente, pode ser exibida. A campanha primaveril que decorrerá ao longo de mais de oito semanas não só irá atrair a atenção para a proteção da natureza e do meio ambiente, como irá também ser incorporada na vida quotidiana da população.

A campanha será constituída por três fases: “Limpeza de Praia“, Workshops “Transforma o Lixo em Arte“ e numa exposição das obras criadas, a ter lugar na “Praça da Europa“, em Lisboa.

LIMPEZA DE PRAIA

O lançamento da limpeza de praia terá lugar no dia 25 de abril de 2019, na Praia da Foz do Lizandro, na Ericeira, em plena costa atlântica, onde as vagas de primavera trazem consigo algum lixo para a costa; sujidade, detritos e objetos estranhos. Coisas que não pertencem ao mar. Coisas que não são feitas naturalmente pelo mar. Destroços, despojos, cargas que caiem ao mar. Podemos imaginar aventuras e histórias engraçadas escondidas em alguns dos objetos que dão à costa, mas a maioria não tem qualquer significado nostálgico. Em vez disso, representam uma terrível ameaça à vegetação e às diversas formas de vida marinha. Um monte de lixo que não deve ter lugar no mar e, na sua generalidade, devia ser evitado. No entanto, no dia 6 de abril, entre as 10h e as 13h, pelo menos a praia da Foz do Lizandro será libertada.

CRIAÇÃO E EXPOSIÇÃO DE ARTE

Uma semana depois, o lixo recolhido a partir da limpeza de praia será então processado. Os artistas do “Skeleton Sea”, Xandi Kreuzeder e João Parrinha, trabalharão com grupos de crianças. A criatividade existe em todos nós e qualquer um de nós e todos juntos podemos fazer algo a partir do desperdício que o oceano nos devolve. A inspiração é dada pelo imponente “Polvo Incógnito”, o incognito octopus, que será exposto na Praça da Europa em Lisboa até ao dia 8 de junho de 2019 – o Dia Mundial dos Oceanos, juntamente com os vencedores do concurso internacional de fotografia “I live by the Ocean”.

DATAS IMPORTANTES:

  • 25 de abril de 2019: Limpeza de praia, Ericeira, Foz do Lizandro
  • 2 e 3 de maio de 2019: Workshop “Transforme o Lixo em de Arte”, Lisboa, Praça da Europa
  • 2 de maio a 8 de junho de 2019: Exposição de arte de rua, Lisboa, Praça da Europa
  • 16 e 17 de maio de 2019: Dia Marítimo Europeu, Lisboa, Centro de Congressos de Lisboa
  • 8 de junho de 2019: Dia Mundial dos Oceanos

An Ocean of Change – Media information in English

Ericeira, Portugal – Media information on the 4th of April 2019

An Ocean of Change – Beach Clean Up by Skeleton Sea in cooperation with Ocean Hope and Futurix promoted by the European Parliament Office and the European Commission Representation in Portugal.

INTRO

What waves spit out onto our beaches is only a mere fraction of the unnatural things clogging up the oceans. What is happening to our oceans? Even as they slosh towards a gaping unknown, where their pollution continues to increase, the emerging title „An Ocean of Change“ represents a positive transition amid a torrent of watery woe: respectful treatment of nature, prevention of rubbish and taking measures to return health to our seas.

EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY 2019

The 2019, the European Maritime Day– EMD 2019 will take place on the 16th and 17th of May in Lisbon. The focus of the EMD2019 will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains. A specific focus will be put on research and innovation for a plastic-free ocean.

„Skeleton Sea – Art from the Sea” will exhibit two of their renowned works of art: “Mermaid” and „Abyss“ both created using ocean refuse.

AN OCEAN OF CHANGE

The cooperation between three eco-friendly initiatives located around Lisbon in partnership with the European Parliament Office and the European Commission Representation in Portugal is far more than simply a temporary success and actively involves the population.

„An Ocean of Change“ is the slogan under which something can be done together, both with and for nature and then be exhibited. The eight week plus spring campaign not only garners attention for the protection of nature and the environment, but also transfers it into everyday life.

The three-part campaign consists of „Beach cleaning“, „Turn Trash into Art“ workshops and the exhibition of those works at the „Praça da Europa” in Lisbon.

BEACH CLEANING

The beach cleaning kick-off will take place on the 25th April 2019, on the Foz do Lizandro Beach, in Ericeira, right on the Atlantic coast where the spring storms bring along a flotsam of rubbish onto the shores; filth, litter and oddities. Things that do not belong in its waters. Things that are not made naturally from the sea. Flotsam and jetsam, cargo dropped overboard. Adventurous and funny stories are hidden within some of the objects that are left washed ashore, but the majority have no nostalgic backgrounds. Instead, they pose a terrible threat to vegetation and lifeforms in the water. A heap of garbage that has no place in the sea and should generally be avoided. However, on the 6th April, between 10am-1pm at least the Foz do Lizandro beach will be freed from it.

CREATE AND EXHIBIT ART

One week later, the trash will be processed from the beach clean up. The Skeleton Sea artists Xandi Kreuzeder and João Parrinha will work with children. Creativity exists in all of us and anyone and everyone can make something out of the waste the ocean has spat back out at us. Inspiration is provided by the imposing „Polvo Incognito“ the „incognito octopus“, who will be emblazoned on the „Square of Europe” in Lisbon until the 8th June 2019 – the annual World Ocean Day, along with the winners of the international photo competition “I live by the Ocean”.

IMPORTANT DATES OVERVIEW

  • 25th April 2019: Beach clean up, Ericeira, Foz do Lizandro
  • 2nd and 3rd May 2019: Turn Trash into Art workshops, Lisbon, Praça de Europa
  • 2nd May until 8th June 2019: Street art exhibition, Lisbon, Praça de Europa
  • 16th and 17th May 2019: European Maritime Day, Lisbon, Congress Center Lisbon
  • 8th June 2019: World Ocean Day, worldwide

 

An Ocean of Change – Medieninformation in Deutsch

Ericeira, Portugal – Medieninformation am 4. April 2019

An Ocean of Change – Beach Clean Up in Kooperation mit Ocean Hope und Futurix  von Skeleton Sea gefördert vom Europäischen Parlamentsbüro und der Europäischen Kommissionsrepräsentanz in Portugal.

INTRO

Was die Wellen ausspucken und an den Strand spülen, ist ein Bruchteil dessen, was alles in den Ozeanen an Unnatürlichem herumgeistert. Wohin wandelt das Weltmeer? Ehe es zukünftig vollends ins Schwarze Unbekannte schwappt, die Verschmutzung der Ozeane weiter zunimmt, ehe das passiert, dreht sich der Titel „Weltmeer im Wandel“ ins Positive: mit respektvollem Umgang mit der Natur, der Vermeidung von Müll und mit Maßnahmen, den Meeren ihre Gesundheit zurückzugeben.

EUROPEAN MARITIME DAY

Organisiert vom Europäischen Congress und der Republik Portugal findet am 16./17. Mai 2019 in Lissabon der „European Maritime Day“ statt. Einen speziellen Fokus setzt die jährliche Konferenz diesmal auf die Forschung und Erneuerung für einen gesunden Ozean. „Skeleton Sea – Art from the Sea“ stellt dabei zwei seiner renommierten Kunstwerke aus: „Mermaid“ und „Abyss“. Arbeiten, die aus Trash aus dem Ozean entstanden sind.

AN OCEAN OF CHANGE

Die Kooperation zwischen drei rund um Lissabon ansässigen Umwelt-Initiativen und den offiziellen Stellen der Europäischen Union ist weit mehr als eine Eintagsfliege – sie bindet die Bevölkerung aktiv mit ein. Unter dem Slogan „An Ocean of Change“ wird gemeinsam etwas in und für die Natur getan und zur Schau gestellt. Durch diese über acht Wochen laufende Frühlingsaktion wird die Aufmerksamkeit zum Schutz der Natur und Umwelt geweckt und in den eigenen Alltag transferiert. Die dreiteilige Aktion besteht aus dem „Beach Cleaning“, aus „Turn Trash Into Art“ Workshops und der Ausstellung der Werke auf dem „Europaplatz“ in Lissabon.

STRANDREINIGUNG

Den Auftakt macht am 25. April 2019 das Beach Cleaning am Strand von Foz de Lizandro in Ericeira, direkt am Atlantik. Die Frühlingsstürme bringen alles Mögliche ans Ufer. Unrat, Müll, Seltsames. Sachen, die dort so nicht hingehören. Dinge, die nicht natürlich aus dem Meer entstehen. Ballast und Treibgut, über Bord gefallene Ladungen. Abenteuerliche und lustige Geschichten stecken in einigen Gegenständen, die angeschwemmt werden. Die Überzahl hat keine nostalgischen Hintergründe, sondern ist eine schreckliche Gefahr für die Vegetation und Lebewesen im Wasser. Ein Haufen Abfall, der nicht ins Meer gehört, und den es generell zu vermeiden gilt. Der Strand von Foz de Lizandro wird davon befreit. Am 6. April 2019 von 10 bis 13 Uhr.

KUNSTWERKE ERSCHAFFEN UND AUSSTELLEN

Eine Woche später wird der Trash aus dem Beach Clean Up verarbeitet. Die Workshops mit den Skeleton Sea Künstlern Xandi Kreuzeder und Joao Parrinha sind öffentlich. Kreativität steckt in jedem Menschen. Jeder und jede darf sich ausleben und aus dem Unrat, den der Ozean ausgespuckt hat, etwas gestalten. Inspiration dazu liefert der imposante „Polvo Incognito“, der „unerkannte Oktopus“, der bis zum 8. Juni 2019, dem jährlichen World Ocean Day, am Europaplatz in Lissabon prangt, genauso wie die während der „Turn Trash into Art“ Workshops entstehenden Werke.

WICHTIGE DATEN IM ÜBERBLICK:

  • 25. April 2019: Beach Clean Up, Ericeira, Foz de Lizandro
  • 2./3. Mai 2019: Turn Trash into Art Workshops, Lissabon, Praca de Europa
  • 2. Mai bis 8. Juni 2019: Street Art Exhibition, Lissabon, Praca de Europa
  • 16./17. Mai 2019: European Maritime Day, Lissabon, Congress Center Lisboa
  • Juni 2019: World Ocean Day, weltweit

European Maritime Day Beach Clean Up 2019 – NEW DATE April 25 @ Praia Foz do Lizandro in Ericeira Portugal

If you wan to join, please register here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSev6RblI-0As5WzTx3-Yl5MgtPWXk3PlI15kwtPMTNgwvQOdw/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1&fbclid=IwAR3g-4Do6fVsKxbgTcPXIjTkhBg2q–BgOSQnZ55oguyfe6Iopb4zhGtwPA

For more information, please read  our media information available in three languages:

Portuguese: http://www.skeletonsea.com/2019/04/an-ocean-of-change-informacao-para-os-media/

English: http://www.skeletonsea.com/2019/04/an-ocean-of-change-media-information-in-english/

German: http://www.skeletonsea.com/2019/04/an-ocean-of-change-medieninformation-in-deutsch/

 

Tiger Shark

Artist: Xandi Kreuzeder
Material: Mixed Beach Trash; Size: 250 cm long
Location: Erceira, Portugal

Shark populations face the threat of extinction in every part of the world primarily due to
overfishing driven by the high demand for shark fins. However there are additional threats
facing sharks that incude bycatch, where sharks are killed when other seafood is being targeted,
recreational fishing, sharks being used for ingredients in cosmetics or health supplements,
destruction of habitat and more.

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Wooden Surfboard Workshop 2019!

Every detail matters: Our hollow wooden surfboards are handcrafted, surf-able works of art. Build your own wooden surfboard with original FCS Pauwlonia wood. Clean – Sustainable – Environmental friendly.

We teach you to build your own board with the original strip and feather method. Hollow wooden boards are light and much more durable than foam and polyester boards.
The ride feel is unique … it´s like playing your own wooden made instrument and the look is just gorgeous.. definetly an eye catcher on the beach.

Possible boards to build are retro style short boards, mini simmons, singlefins, twins, fishtail, eggstyle boards and mini malibus.

The 2018 fixed dates for wooden Surfboard workshop weeks are:

  • 1st to 7th of July 2019
  • more dates in fall 2019 will follow …

Individual dates and reservations are always possible. Please contact us directly at info@skeletonsea.com.

Information & Prices
Duration: 1 week/ 4 hours/day
Capacity: min. 2 persons – max. 5 persons
Price/Person:

  • until 6 Foot Board EUR 750,– 
  • until 8 Foot Board EUR 900,–
  • for a Longboard EUR 1.100,-

All prices are including all wood, FCS finboxes and the fibre glassing!

Full Workshop package with accommodation:

Our Skeleton Sea Environmental Art Centre is located in the small village of Santo Isidoro in Portugal, just one kilometre inland from the famous Ribeira D’Ilhas surf beach and seven more waves and beaches outside Ericeira recognized as the only European World Surfing Reserve.

The Skeleton Sea Environmental Art Centre includes a workshop, a gallery, one cosy wooden cabin and a Glamping style house tent for accommodation. A healthy breakfast with organic coffee and tea and one dinner BBQ for the week is included. We have a big garden and a small pool to relax and Xandi will show you the best places for surfing.

Prices for full package:

EUR 1.200,– with board until 6 foot

EUR 1.350,– with board until 8 foot

EUR 1.600,– with board for a long board

    
      

A deadly necklace of nets and hooks

Image by Xandi Kreuzeder

One of the lucky ones

On July 1st 2018 the BBC reported on a seal called Puri that was found by a lifeguard beached off the coast of Norfolk, England. Around its neck was fishing wire which left an open septic wound. The abandoned wire that caused this injury was an extremely thin nylon fishing line that acted like a really slow cheese wire going deeper and deeper into the fat of her neck over time. Alison Cramp, one of Puri’s rescuers, said the seal “must have rolled and rolled continually in the sea trying to get it off but it’s getting tighter and tighter.”

The recovery of this little seal will take a substantial amount of time and her life will consist of a mixture of painkillers and antibiotics for months to come.

It is impossible to know where the single piece of wire that did such massive damage came from or how long it had been floating in the ocean. Its presence is evidence of a phenomenon known as “Ghost Fishing”, where countless abandoned nets are still catching fish in some form with no human to benefit, only a blue grim reaper of death drifting in the open sea.

It is further concerning then that we don’t really know how much of this plastic line, also known as “Ghost Gear”, is out there still collecting fish in the ocean in total. Yet we are clearly starting to see its impact. While it’s difficult to know exact figures, a “2012 report from World Society for the Protection of Animals indicates that between 57,000 and 135,000 whales are entangled by plastic marine debris every year in addition to the inestimable – but likely millions – of birds, turtles, fish and other species affected by plastic marine debris.”, reports Parley for the Oceans, a company that addresses major threats towards our oceans.

Image by BBC/ Seal and Shore Watch

While we do hear about seals washing up on different shores being rescued, often with torn up necks fighting to stay alive, what about the seals who remain in these “ghost nets”?

In the ocean, ghost nets are frequently hard to find and capture, and the chances of cutting seals free are even less likely. Seals which approach the nets to eat dead fish already entangled are themselves at risk of getting caught and dying, which in turn attracts larger predators such as sharks and whales to their corpses, who then become trapped themselves.

The National Marine Fisheries Service reported an average of 11 entangled large whales per year from 2000 to 2012 along the US West Coast.

Where does Ghost Gear come from?

When fishing boats throw their netting overboard to catch fish, mostly they recall them full of the shoal they aimed for. But from time to time the large nets either become old, damaged, or caught in a sea storm — taken deep into their not-so-final resting place.

More commonly nets become tangled up on a number of items underwater from coral to rocks. The netting becomes very tricky or even impossible to draw back on to the boats. Crews have few choices in how to deal with the situation of their boat being currently attached to a rock, and some fishermen cut the net and sail away leaving their equipment floating in the ocean. The Food and Agriculture Organization claim that at least 10% of all marine litter is made of these nets.

Image by WAPO

The nets are often made of artificial polyamides like nylon which are toxic and never biodegrade. The nets after many years may break down into smaller parts, and though this is unlikely, it has the potential to cause the creation of microplastics — a large-scale problem for smaller marine life, and in turn ourselves as some fish we eat is now found to have plastic in it too.

It is certainly worth reviewing if we need to use these materials to make the nets in the first place as early nets were often woven from grasses, flaxes and other fibrous plant material such as cotton, and are still in existence yet rarely used. This is another case of plastic being cheaper and easier to produce, and the lower prices being paid by us are at a high cost to marine life.

Ghost Seal

On the very same day that we read the story about Puri, we completed our newest piece of the Skeleton Sea collection: ‘Ghost Seal’. We knew we had to name the ghost seal Puri after this brave animal.

Image by Xandi Kreuzeder

‘Ghost Seal’ focuses on one of our three main concerns: marine pollution. It expresses a seal’s struggle against ghost fishing and marine debris. The eyes of the seal capture the moment when it feels so helpless, tangled and unable to escape, that it knows it is going to die and is already a ghost.

The mixed media sculpture uses wires, nets and real marine litter we found washed up on the beaches of Ericeira, Portugal near our workshop. We thought it was important to see the wire going deep into the neck of the seal, as this accurately shows the strangulation occurring and reflects how when a seal struggles more and more the ropes get tighter and tighter, not only stopping the seal from feeding and moving, but also breathing. Unless the seal is cut free by a human with a knife, it will almost certainly die of starvation, strangulation or dehydration.

This has not gone unnoticed

Activists, change makers and local residents collecting litter are fighting back.

Seal and Shore watch, the group which is caring for Puri are “dedicated to the wellbeing and protection of our seals and other marine life along our beautiful coastline.”

Parley for the Oceans have started the Global Clean Up International Network which consists of partners working to “remove plastic debris from coastlines and intercept it in remote areas, where no solid waste management exists”.

Bionic Yarn have found a way to reuse ghost nets by collecting them by the tonne, melting them down and spinning them out into new yarn to make new fabric. This and other similar projects find a way of turning garbage into a commodity in order to shift perception.

Recognizing the importance of talking about this issue with the future generation who’ll inherit it, author (Skeleton Sea collaborator and author of this post), Nicola Leigh has written a book specifically for younger readers named Blue Spaghetti. By following the story of Albert Ross The Albatross, her aim is to give concerned adults or children a tool to open up a conversation together about ghost nets, as it is not always easy to find the right words to describe their terrible effects on children’s favorite animals.

The World Animal Protection Organisation (WAPO) have set up the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) “which brings together governments, private-sector companies, and non-governmental organisations to tackle the problem”.

Fishing for Energy have collected 2.8m pounds of fishing gear from bins placed in 42 communities across the US since 2008.

The best news to end ghost fishing that came out of 2018 so far was from the European Parliament Fisheries Committee in England who have overwhelmingly backed Conservative MP and animal welfare campaigner, John Flack’s campaign to reduce the number of abandoned fishing nets.

The EU must make tackling ghost fishing [as] part of its new plastics strategy. Today’s vote has given my campaign the backing it needs to put this hidden problem on the EU’s plastic waste agenda. We cannot miss this opportunity.”

The proposals recommend that the EU and Member States:

  • Set up port reception schemes where financial incentives are offered to fishermen for returning unwanted nets.
  • Incentivise vessels to use technology to track and if necessary retrieve their lost nets.
  • Support research into biodegradable nets to speed up their development.

Ghost fishing is a hidden problem doing untold damage to our oceans. Fishermen do understand the value of our oceans and respect them, but their lost and discarded fishing nets continue to plague our seas.”

You can find more out about him and his ghost fishing campaign here.

Image by Nicola Leigh

So how can we help combat this issue at home?

We don’t typically go out with fishing nets for a day at the beach – so how can we help?

We can change our diet: by not personally consuming fish, you will not be contributing to the industry. However, this isn’t for everyone and doesn’t remove the waste we currently have floating in the sea.

By becoming a member of a charity such as Surfers Against Sewage, you can stay updated on news around this subject and get involved in local beach clean-ups.

However, the truth is that this is a substantial problem without a direct way for us to reduce our use of fishing line, like we could our shampoo bottles, toothbrushes or shopping bags.

As Mike Baker, CEO of the WAPO says, “It’s so easy to highlight the problem, you can show pictures with seals being caught in nets with their heads being gouged, but actually solutions are what’s important”. So what are they Mike?

The problem is with the manufacture of these nets, the rules in place about their removal, and resources for disposal, recycling, and marine rescue. Unfortunately, these solutions are not entirely on us as consumers, and there is still little we can do daily other than help via our food choices and protest the places where we do frequent, such as supermarkets.

The GGGI is calling on supermarkets to “play a role in fighting ghost gear by demanding their fish suppliers change the way they operate” and you can sign their petition and receive email updates to monitor the GGGI and see if their dream of seeing net recycling systems appearing at every port comes true.

Small gestures big deaths

Ropes thrown into the sea, a used hook that drifts away, a piece of unusable plastic that by carelessness, recklessness or laziness is floating, looking for a victim.

Nothing can destroy it, it will bat through the ocean until it finds one martyr.

Drowning, suffocation, destruction and death. A human product becomes an invisible killer that does not allow escape.

A necklace of nets and hooks embellishing a death.

Look at the fear in their eyes, observe the desperation in their body, feel how life escapes little by little, maybe next time do not cut and throw away ropes that can take away so many lives … maybe you pick them up when you step over them on the beach or find them floating in the water.

Maybe you are the person who can change everything …

 

Puri is now in the care of the RSPCA and you can track her at  @rspca_east_winch on Instagram. Many thanks to @sealandshorewatch for keeping us updated on her condition.

You can still visit our exhibition in the main lobby of the Lisbon Oceanário and see other pieces from the collection until the end of the year.

|| Keep The Oceans Clean! ||

Celebrate the World Oceans Day!

To help raise awareness for the preservation of our natural resources, using art as an ally in promoting creative recycling. Skeleton Sea  has accepted this challenge, along with the Municipality of Mafra and the Parishes of Carvoeira, Ericeira and St. Isidoro, thereby organizing several beach clean-ups and creative workshops that aim to celebrate the World Environment Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day (June 8), under the inspiration of “Ericeira, World Surfing Reserve.”

The intention is not only to invite participantes to collect beach trash but to also find new uses for old things, making art from the collected materials and thus jointly create a guardian installation piece for the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe – because together we are stronger and united we can go further! This “Octupus” piece will be presented at Ribeira d’Ilhas beach and is to remain throughout the year as a guardian symbol of marine and coastal water preservation.

Little artists will be creating true “Presents of the Sea” by helping raise awareness and build community support for the adoption of more sustainable behavior. The action reminds us of what happens to waste, in a exercise of citizenship that raises awareness of environmental issues and enables participantes to find suitable materials for art creation. The project transgresses material boundaries, collecting rubbish and quick-to apply materials to focus on self expression and environmental learning rather than on artistic skill development.