Environmentally auditable events keep flooding in! I don’t know whether it’s because I’m paying more attention, or as my friend Bec C. says, all this stuff is “so hot” right now in late 2010…
But anyway, I’ve just heard that “Plastiki”, the sailing boat made from 12,500 plastic PET bottles has arrived in Sydney.
Tonight, there’s a gala event where you can go hear all about it:
An evening with David de Rothschild: The Plastiki Expedition
Presented by the Sydney Institute of Marine Science
When: Wednesday 28 July 7pm – 9pm
Where: At the Sergeants Mess, Chowder Bay, Mosman (click here for Google Maps)
Tickets: $50 (Concessions $25) including drinks & canapes
Hear David de Rothschild, adventurer and environmentalist, talk about his momentous voyage across the Pacific on the 18 metre catamaran Plastiki made from 12,500 reclaimed plastic bottles.
I can’t make it myself, as I am already busy this evening, but if anyone gets down there, I’d love to hear your reports…
I quite like the Plastiki diagrams, where they outline all the ins and outs of the boat and its processes:
Lucas, the design for the plastiki website is so beautiful they should be working on the bigfag!
The whole project reminds me of the raft of Australian artist Ian Fairweather which was cobbled together from receycled materials in Darwin in 1952. (The links between Fairweather and Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon Tiki adventure were the subject of the important work, Argonauts of the Timor Sea, by NZ artist Michael Stevenson which included a remake of Fairweathers raft). In fact when you think about Fairweather and his later hermit like existence at Bribie Island in Queensland ‘off the grid’ he was very much an proto-artistic pioneer!
yes, I’ll get in touch with them to see if they want to make a print with the big fag!
and the fairweather raft is terrific – reminds me of the aussie tradition of the great beer can regatta, something which to my knowledge has never had an overt environmental/recycling emphasis…
UPDATE – they’re having an open day on Sunday August 1st from 10am-2pm. Head down to the Maritime Museum and see the boat itself: http://www.theplastiki.com/2010/07/plastiki-open-day-come-on-down/