beach rubbish inspires art display in town centre
new type of street art has appeared in Burnham-On-Sea town centre
to highlight the problem of packaging waste washed up on local beaches.
artist Jacob Dear's work has appeared on the side of Calm coffee
shop in Chapel Street, as pictured here, and is part of his ongoing
environment project called '8 million tonnes'.
documents the wide range of waste that washes up on Burnham-On-Sea,
Berrow and Brean beaches and it aims to highlight the growing problem
which will get worse if not addressed.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The images in the art are all of
waste that I have found locally during my project - the paper I
have used is biodegradable, the ink is waterbased and paste is environmentally
friendly. The idea is that they will degrade over time."
the first time I have shown this artwork to the public, not in a
gallery. I have put it up to hopefully provoke thoughts, discussion
and encourage action at a local level to help reduce waste, in particular
is a local artist who moved to the area when he was a child and
went to King Alfred School in Highbridge.
adds: "Society is to blame for waste - we all need to change,
and end the cycle of wastefulness. If we can make a change at a
local level, it will help make our town a better place."
as a race we have a monumental problem with waste, we stick it in
the ground, incinerate it and also dump it at sea. The problem only
seems to be getting worse over time as shown on Blue Planet 2."
million tonnes of waste is dumped in the sea each year, which is
a huge amount that could be disposed in a way that doesnt
affect the marine life and our own coastline."
body of work that was shoot three years ago in 2015 documents the
diversity of the waste that is washed up on our beaches everyday.
All the waste was collected on the coastline that stretches between
Burnham-On-Sea and Brean Down."
to the massive uproar towards marine debris over the past couple
of months, I felt it was time to show that the problem is only getting
worse over time. Blue Planet 2 did a fantastic job bringing light
to the marine debris."
can all play our part in solving this problem. We are the ones who
have the power to change our environment and to change what happens
to our oceans. Think before you just through everything in a black
bin; think whether you need another plastic bag and think before
you just leave you waste on the beach."
July, the Environment Secretary pledged action on ocean plastics.
This has now caused ripples through the political landscape, but
I feel it still isnt enough and the problem will only get
worse unless we have a drastic change with how we mange our waste."
Louise Lin at Calm Coffee Bar said: "Jacob approached us with
his idea of a collaboration. He explained the project and it really
resonated with us at Calm."
has always been at the forefront of what we do and we have made
and are still making giant steps to minimise our waste as a business."
million tonnes is a beautiful project, and Jacob's artwork really
carries a thought-provoking message. Everyone should come and check