How do you feel about New Zealand right now? Do you think we are in good shape as a country? Do you want to do something to change the way we function? Well artist Tess Sheerin thinks New Zealand's worth loving and has started a mural tour of the country to raise awareness of water pollution and it's damaging effects on marine life. She spent some time in Dunedin in May 2016 creating this mural at 56 Timaru St, Dunedin. Its in the supermarket car park. I hung out with her on the last day and watched her finish the mural and sign it off, which was pretty special! She's pretty awesome, and highlighting a prominent issue facing our environment and consumers at present.
Where does it go? when you finish with that wrapper/takeaway cup/bottle and drop it on the street? when we consume so many things that we have 5 Gyres of plastic pooling in our oceans, letting our marine and bird life eat plastic, treating our planet like one huge rubbish dump, well this landfill needs to be mined and returned to resource, I say!
Single Use Plastic - it's everywhere or that's what it feels like to me. We had a lengthy chat about it and she told me about the harbour clean up she had organised the weekend before, I wish I'd been here to help. Thanks to Our Sea's Our Future and Keep Dunedin Beautiful for helping Tess out with that, there is now less plastic in our harbour Dunedin, which I think is great, I am always picking up trash on the streets and I get looked at funny by a lot of you in passing, well actually if you'd stop putting it there we wouldn't have that issue. It was only yesterday I spotted a sign stating that Dunedin has a littering policy and that you will get fined, who's policing that eh? and what are you doing to reduce your consumption today?
The murals will grace walls in Queenstown, Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington and Auckland.
You can follow the tour on FACEBOOK!
NZWL co-ordinates and supports clean-up events and public awareness campaigns that concentrate on waterways, lakes and coastal areas around New Zealand.
So far they have teamed up with like-minded initiatives; Our Seas Our Future, Keep Dunedin Beautiful, New Generation Rotary Queenstown and Anti Plastic Population.
I'm looking forward to the future of Tess's work and to see what she gets up to, you never know there might even be a collab in the mix!!
Shaping our future and sharing our skills to help others wake up to the world, that we need to care for our environment and be the kaitiakitanga that we are here to be!
Pollution art its the next big thing!
<3 your work Tess
Arohanui and good luck with the rest of the tour!
<3 Senorita AweSUMO
Fiona Clements. Pakeha, Kai Tahu, Craftivist, Sustainable Fashion and Zerowaste Textile Practitioner. Conscious Consumer advocate.