“One Drop in the Ocean: From Marine Debris to Art” is a wonderful project led by Raven Hoflund and Nadia Huggins in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. We hope that it will pick up momentum and that other islands may adopt a similar model. Right now, they are at the stage of doing beach cleanups and participating artists are in the process of creating their pieces. We are so looking forward to their artwork in a forthcoming exhibition.
Here is the description from the site. Check it out and see the amazing work being produced by Caribbean artists with a desire to protect the environment:
One drop in the ocean is an independent movement in which environmentalists and artists collaborate with each other to transform marine debris into art. Marine debris is defined as any man-made material that has intentionally or unintentionally been disposed of or abandoned in the marine environment.
The project is the brainchild of Raven Hoflund, the founder of The Turtle Project – Mustique. While monitoring turtle nesting beaches daily, she was bombarded with ocean debris, and quickly learned about the detrimental effects this was having on our natural environment.
Nadia Huggins is a visual artist who began shooting underwater images in 2014 and also observed marine debris on her daily swims in Indian Bay, St. Vincent. She too, realised the seriousness of this issue. Raven and Nadia teamed up because they wanted to tell the same story. They were seeing marine debris every day, and no one was talking about it. Using art as a medium to tell these stories, they created One Drop in the Ocean.
The philosophy behind the project is to create a ripple effect of change, through one simple action. The idea is to host a series of beach clean ups, whether individual or group effort, to collect ocean debris. A call to local artists for collaboration is organised, and they are invited to create work from materials gathered. All of these works would be displayed at an exhibition to show the magnitude of the problem.
This will raise local awareness, and hopefully, create the desired ripple effect—to incite people to take action to refuse, reduce, reuse, and/or recycle.