It's me Fred, just back from visiting kids at Breidablik School. What inspiring kids and teachers!!! Thank You Breidablik.
They are making a rain garden and many other projects and when I came with Buddy Ron to share stories of Papahanaumokuakea and all the plastic, they were very curious and sad too.
But guess what!!! You might have seen My Masks made of beach trash??? Or Susan Scott's beautiful mask of beach findings? Well, Buddy Ron handed one student a tiny tiny mask made from a BOTTLE CAP and before long everyone was buzzing about what they will do.......having fun making art while teaching ocean and learning about ways of reducing plastic in the sea!
So, I decided to talk Ron into leaving the masks and BIG Plastic mesh bag with them FOR STEP ONE, COLLECTING BOTTLE CAPS AT BREIDABLIK to make art, maybe a great big WHALE SCULPTURE MADE FROM BOTTLE CAPS.
If you wonder where the original idea for making whale sculptures from bottle caps came from, visit the inspiring story taking place at Muizenberg Junior School in Capetown, South Africa. Kids there are creating a sculpture of a Southern Right Whale out of Bottle Caps...........all inspired by the students of Dr. Mary Sheridan of Sycamore Creek Elementary (now) and formerly of Tussing Elementary in Pickerington, Ohio. Visit www.awhaleofaheritageroute.co.za/whaletailproject_muizenberg.htm to see more.
You can be a part of this wonderful project by sending one or millions of bottle caps, as many as you wish to:
Muizenberg Junior School Whaletail Project
56 Main Road
Muizenberg, Cape Town 7945
Or, you can do as the kids at Breidablik (and, this just in from Papahanaumokuakea Friend of Fred, Jeff Manker in California who joined the Whaletail Project) and jump right in to plan a sculpture of your own. Start collecting bottle caps to keep them out of the sea and into some creative projects. Open eyes, hearts and minds with the power of art!
Mahalo Jeff, Mrs. Fox, Alan in SA, and, of course, Mary Sheridan and kiddos at Sycamore Creek. Thanks as well to Marty, one of the original Friends of Fred, right here in the Pacific Northwest. His dazzling salmon sculpture is recycled broken mirrors, created with a little help from many friends. Marty is helping to design a giant Bottle Cap Beaver to call attention to the incredibly important part beavers play in restoring and maintaining watershed health.