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VIP Creates Compelling 'Sculpture' From Litter

Point Reyes National Seashore

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Over the past three years, VIP Richard James has packed out more than three tons of litter – mostly plastic bits of all sizes – from beaches at Point Reyes National Seashore. He decided to store a year's worth of water bottles and display them with the hope of encouraging people to use a refillable metal bottle and stop buying plastic.

The meta-bottles stand over eight-and-a-half feet tall and are about three feet in diameter. The bottles are constructed of chicken wire and the lids of the bottles are plastic buckets, also collected from area beaches.

These meta-bottles show what one person can pick up on a fraction of the earth’s coastline in one short year. Imagine what is trapped in the many gyres in all the seas…

The earth cannot metabolize what man keeps dumping in the sea. These bottles eventually break down and are eaten by fish, which are eaten by other fish, which are eventually eaten by man.



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