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Beach trash becomes art collectable items

Date Posted: 2004-08-27

Wreckage and debris is salvaged from the ocean often by people cleaning the beaches.

Occasionally, those items pulled from the waters turn out to be quite valuable as they are transformed from junk to art.

On Miyako Island, an “Art Contest of Ocean Wreckage” was held this month, spotlighting the beautiful waters off Miyako, and promoting ocean research study. The contest entries ranged from broken bottles toglass, driftwood, slippers, shells, plastic bottles and more. Organizers say hundreds of art items came out of the waters.

The grand prize winning art was a floating lass buoy, blending with shells and used driftwood. It was called “Floating Buoy’s Children.” Another winner was a candles stand vase.

School students participated, turning junk into practical art for today’s lifestyles. Ocean research study group leader Kazumari Nakamura held a lecture in conjunction with the contest, saying “there is a black stream near Miyako Island, and because of this ocean current, all kinds of wreckage comes from far away places like China, Taiwan and Korea too. There’s not much wreckage and debris coming from mainland Japan.”

Nanakura says there’s a lot of plastic bottles floating in the waters, and issued a call for citizens of the world the avoid tossing trash into the ocean. “Take trash home. Make it into art objects”, he said.

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