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Treasuring waste to create art

As part of Treasure Your River we worked with Friends of Starbank Park and members of the public to create a section of the Forth Rail Bridge out of waste materials

Treasure Your River is preventing litter across the UK on six different waterways, in Scotland we are working with Hubbub to coordinate events along the Forth - from Stirling, down to Edinburgh and along the Fife and East Lothian coastline. As part of the campaign, artist Michelle Reader is visiting sites to work with locals and schools to use waste to create artworks. We were delighted to have her with us in Edinburgh from August 31st to Sept 2nd to work alongside the Friends of Starbank Park to welcome members of the public to visit the park and help create the piece. Over the three days we welcomed over 80 people help us by drawing or adding pieces to the sculpture, this included a P6 group from Edinburgh Academy who also designed and created the smaller gannet at the top.  

The art piece is recognizable as a section of the iconic Forth Rail Bridge with some gannets and puffins perched on top. Whilst it might look like the rail bridge the sculpture is created out of waste materials collected by Michelle or found nearby - this includes bottles of nurdles collected by Edinburgh Academy on litter picks at Wardie Bay. Other items used include skis, and old bed frame and straws and plastic bottle lids. 

The final piece is on display at the front of the park overlooking the Forth as a reminder to those enjoying the view to consider their waste and dispose of it responsibly - bin it or take it home. 

Want to know more about how you can join the campaign Scotland? Find out what we're up to and how you can help treasure your river here

 

06 September 2021

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