All Hands On Deck

All Hands on Deck

The framework for this project is a Cuban Refugee Boat which came ashore in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida in December 2015. Through a grant by the Broward Cultural Division, Casey Eckles of Trash to Treasure created a project that spoke about the importance of maintaining healthy waterways. This eco-artwork is all about raising awareness to the connection between the kinds of products we regularly purchase and their full impact on the environment. Most plastic used to cover the boat was collected at local beach cleanups over a six month period. A recent report stated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the world’s ocean than fish. By exposing plastic’s true life cycle and its effects on the eco-system, we learn to become more responsible via better choices. Under the guidance of the artist SusieQ, over 200 people contributed to this public collaborative. Some collected and/or gathered and cleaned beach plastic, others affixed one or more of the thousands of found beach items to the boat. Major sponsors were Flex Seal, Sailorman and Sal’s Towing. This project was located at Harbor's Edge Park but has since been decommissioned due to hurricane damage.

Installed: June 2016

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Temporary All Hands on Deck