Why is there an art installation in Weston-super-Mare's Italian Gardens today?

PUBLISHED: 09:52 25 November 2017 | UPDATED: 09:52 25 November 2017

The art installation. Picture: Debbie Apted

The art installation. Picture: Debbie Apted

Debbie Apted

Plastic children are playing in the fountains in Weston-super-Mare's Italian Gardens this morning (Saturday) - but what is the art installation all about and who put it there?

Join our Cleaner Coastlines campaign.Join our Cleaner Coastlines campaign.

The work has been created by Weston street art company WormWood Rocks Urban & Street Art and it is called Cleaner Coastlines For The Future Of Our Children.

It was created as part of the Mercury’s Cleaner Coastlines campaign, which is being run alongside Weston Chamber of Commerce and North Somerset Council.

Why did WormWood Rocks create the artwork?

WormWood Rocks founder Darren Dee said: “WormWood Rocks Urban & Street Art promote street art and urban awareness projects. We use street art as a vessel to promote, educate and question the world in which we live in today.

Darren Dee and Shell Bateman highlighting the dangers of plastic waste o the marine environment.Darren Dee and Shell Bateman highlighting the dangers of plastic waste o the marine environment.

“Back in September we created the Weston Whale in the hope of raising awareness of the global plastic problem which is happening right here on our beaches and in our oceans.

“Since the install we have been amazed with the response from the public, groups and organisations.

“One such group is Cleaner Coastlines. This Facebook group has really picked up the gauntlet and is now spearheading a campaign for a plastic-free coastline.

“Our latest install, Cleaner Coastlines For The Future Of Our Children, is our way of raising awareness for a group who are really making a difference in our community and beyond.”

Turtles should be able to swim in the ocean without breathing in plastic.Turtles should be able to swim in the ocean without breathing in plastic.

What is the Cleaner Coastlines campaign?

The campaign has been launched by the Mercury and its sister paper the North Somerset Times to get Plastic-Free Coastline status for Weston-super-Mare and the North Somerset coastline.

The accreditation is given by Surfers Against Sewage to areas which have reduced single-use plastics, such as straws, takeaway boxes and cutlery.

Communities must also demonstrate their involvement through beach cleans and removing single-use plastics from churches and village halls.

The Mercury and Times are working with the Weston Chamber of Commerce and North Somerset Council to bring about change.

What is wrong with plastic?

As anyone who saw Blue Planet 2 last weekend will know, plastic is seriously harming marine life. Not only do sea creatures think it is food, they may also be poisoned by chemicals.

Around eight million tons of plastic ends up in the ocean every year – and Weston and North Somerset are playing their part in reducing this.

How can I get involved?

We want you to sign up to our Facebook page at Cleaner Coastlines: Weston and North Somerset Plastic-Free campaign.

There you will find out the latest campaign news, can join discussions about plastic issues around the world and can highlight ways you are making a difference.

Next week, the Mercury will be launching a Plastic-Free Business Heroes list to celebrate businesses making changes to their premises to reduce plastic waste.

MORE: How businesses can help Weston achieve Plastic-Free Coastline status.

We will also celebrate Plastic-Free Heroes, individuals and groups who are going out of their way to clean up the beach and promote the campaign.

Darren added: “Join the plastic-free revolution today.

“It’s tempting to feel depressed and overwhelmed by the enormity of the battle, but feeling hopeless is not going to change the result.

“The best and only solution is to get busy and start doing something yourself today to make a Cleaner Coastline For The Future Of Our Children.”

Visit www.wormwoodrocks.com to learn more about the company.

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