Monday, July 4, 2011

July 4th Beach Trash Float in California

As a prelude to Bella Saves the Beach, which will be launched very soon, here is an interesting treatise on beach trash. 

 The most popular float at this year's Huntington Beach's Fourth of July Parade is likely to be the one made out of trash. It may not smell very good, either.

Andre Faubert, a Huntington, CA resident and volunteer for the Surfrider Foundation, spent a month earlier this year gathering trash for one hour a day along the city's shoreline. By the time he finished, he had more than 580 pounds of refuse, including bottle caps, plastic bags and Styrofoam.

Now, with the help of a student and an alum from the Laguna College of Art & Design, Faubert is turning his discoveries into sculpture. The finished piece will look, from a distance, like a crashing wave, with a curving blue base and white foam at the end of the curl. It may take a closer look to realize that those colors come from pieces of trash sewn and stapled together.

It was dirty work, to say the least, and graduate student Hannah Cosner said the stench proved overwhelming at times. Still, she said, the artists intended to jolt onlookers with the piece, which Farmers & Merchants Bank sponsored for the parade. "It should be really gross," she told the Huntington Beach Independent. "But that's why we tried to make it beautiful. People will see it from a distance, and then they'll come up."


  1. A wonderful idea, not only for recycling trash, but to bring awarness to the problem of trashing our oceans.
    It's more than just an ugly sight, it's dangerous to wildlife.
    I know that sea turtles mistake plastic bags for jelly fish and ingest them.
    The remedy has to come from the public because there are not enough resources for the laws to be inforced.

  2. Wow, what a great idea. I wish I'd diven over to see it.

  3. Thanks so much for your comments. This is, I agree, a clever and effective way to promote beach trash awareness. I appreciate your stopping by!