Giant litter sculptures to be erected on beach this week

An outline sketch of the proposed beach sculptures

GIANT sculptures of takeaway packaging will be erected on Lyme Regis beach this week.

The sculptures will take the form of an eight feet high plastic drinks bottle, two pieces of cutlery measuring six feet tall, and a styromfoam chip/burger box measuring four feet by four feet.

The temporary installation will be erected on the shingle beach at Cobb Gate, opposite The Alcove, and it is hoped it will encourage visitors to consider the impact of plastic waste on the environment and take their litter home with them.

Jack Raisey, an architectural designer has designed and built the sculptures, which will also be displayed in Bournemouth, Weymouth and West Bay over the summer.

They will include graphics designed by Rowena Taylor outlining the choices we can all make to combat the impact plastic and our waste is having on the planet.

Before commissioning Jack to create the sculptures, Litter Free Coast and Sea and Dorset Food and Drink carried out ‘plastic surgeries’, where local food and drink businesses who are reducing their plastic and experimenting with alternative packaging, shared their experience and inspired others to do the same.

The sculptures celebrate their efforts and promote making environmentally responsible choices.

The installation of these sculptures will be happening between July 29 and 31 and will be in place throughout August.

Artist Jack Raisey said: “The sculptures will not only create a striking silhouette against the beach-scape but are designed to encourage people stop and think, even if only for a second. If everyone made small changes, it adds up to make a big difference.”

Gwen Hawkins, co-ordinator of Litter Free Coast and Sea, added: “We want to engage with people using the beaches and help them be more aware of the damage littering causes, with the aim of reducing food and drink related litter such as bottles, trays, cutlery, barbecues, etc.

“The sculptures Jack has created will get people’s attention and make people think about the impact they have while at the beach.”

Lyme Regis Town Council considered the proposal for the sculptures in June, where they agreed to go ahead with the project in principle if an appropriate site could be found, as they felt the busy sandy beach would not be appropriate.

The Mayor of Lyme Regis, Councillor Brian Larcombe MBE, and town clerk John Wright later met with the sculptor and Litter Free Coast and Sea and agreed on the location of Cobb Gate beach.

This project is part of the Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio of 18 projects along the Dorset Coast which aims to support and boost the economies of Dorset’s coastal areas. The portfolio is being funded by a grant from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund and partner organisations and is coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum.

The project has very much been one of partnership, bringing together Litter Free Coast and Sea, Dorset Food and Drink, and the Arts Development Company as well as Dorset Council, Lyme Regis Town Council, Bridport and West Bay Town Council, Weymouth Town Council and Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.

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