Metal Fabrication

I am  grateful to instructor Nick Scott and the students in the Metal Fabrication course offered through Mira Costa College’s Technology Career Institute. They did professional quality work as they constructed the complex 5’ x 5’ structure out of steel flat bar, rebar, and galvanized metal mesh.

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For information about welding and fabrication courses available through the Technology Career Institute, please visit http://tci.miracosta.edu/courses-manufacturing-metalfab.html.

I am also grateful to Scott Jambeau at San Diego Steel Solutions who donated steel used to fabricate the sculpture.

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Acknowledgements

This project would not have been possible without the encouragement of my sister and her husband, Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang. For close to 20 years, they have been collecting plastic refuse from Kehoe Beach in Marin County, California. They use what they find to create beautiful works of art that have been on view in museums and galleries world-wide. A short documentary film called One Plastic Beach tells their story. They offered their love and support throughout the process—and supplied beach plastic used in the creation of Into the Current.

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Beach plastic contributions were also made by friends from around the world who are connected through social media. I am grateful to the following dedicated environmentalists who share my passion for reducing waste, picking up litter, and cleaning beaches. For inspiration, you can follow many of them on social media.

  • Heather Cremia, @1stcreamiatwin on Instagram—Outer Bank, North Carolina
  • Cate Dine, @cleancoast_angel on Instagram—Rothesay Bay, Mairangi Bay, Murrays Bay, Campbells Bay, Browns Bay, and Kennedy’s Bay: Aukland, New Zealand
  • @drdross_the_jambo on Instagram—Monyash (the village), A515 (the road), Derbyshire, UK
  • Don Elwing—Ocean View, Hawaii (Donate to Don’s Go Fund Me to help him keep Hawaii’s beaches clean)
  • Anna Kaufmann, @anna.kauffman on Instagram—Ocean Beach, San Francisco, California
  • Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang, http://plasticforever.blogspot.com, Kehoe Beach, Marin County, California
  • Lynne Lushmore, @roiolo on Instagram—Stokes Bay, England

I am also grateful to the environmental activists who brought us together through social media and shared hashtags. To learn more or to join the one of the trash-picking, beach-cleaning, planet-loving communities, please visit:

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About the Artist

I have been cleaning North County San Diego beaches for years. I take photographs of the trash I find and share the most interesting images on social media in order to help others understand the seriousness of the marine debris problem.

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Photo by Eduardo Contreras for the San Diego Union Tribune

My On the Horizon photographs and other marine debris pieces have been on exhibit at the Bay Model in Sausalito, California as well as at the Tides Thoreau Center in San Francisco, and Carlsbad’s Dove Library. Into the Current is my first large scale sculpture made from marine debris.

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On the Horizon at the Bay Model in Sausalito, California

I am also a teacher and I share my passion for the environment with the students through hands-on marine debris workshops that integrate photography and writing.

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San Diego Area Writing Project—Young Writers and Photography Camp

For more about me, you can visit my blog, Write the World.

In addition, the links below will take you to articles/videos about me. There are also links to articles/videos featuring the students at the school where I work and lead the Green Team—a group of students that volunteer to help with recycling and campus clean-ups.

San Diego Union Tribune – Video featuring me on a beach walk http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/visuals/video/90992375-132.html

San Diego Reader – Article about my biofilter discovery http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2016/sep/08/ticker-seaworld-slapped-plastic-litter/

The Coast News – Article about my art work and the biofilters http://www.thecoastnews.com/2016/09/12/artist-works-to-raise-awareness-and-reduce-beach-trash/

The Coast News – Student presentation on marine debris for the Oceanside City Council http://www.thecoastnews.com/2017/03/23/del-rio-elementary-students-share-ocean-debris-studies-with-city-council/

San Diego Union Tribune – Del Rio Elementary School’s Zero Waste Program http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/communities/north-county/sd-no-oceanside-recycling-20161121-story.html

Fox 5 News San Diego – Del Rio’s Green Team on Earth Day http://fox5sandiego.com/2015/04/22/earth-day-reduce-reuse-recycle/

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