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Art Project Sheds Light on Long Island Sound’s Litter

Local artist works with Oysterponds Elementary School kids to raise awareness about beach plastic litter.

For years now, artist Cindy Pease Roe has been making small pieces of art such as wreathes out of discarded pieces of plastic she would find walking down North Fork beaches.

She recently decided to use that technique to help students learn about the consequences of litter and the importance of recycling for a project currently showcased at the Roe and students spent several hours of the course of the past few weeks collecting litter, sorting it into different groups and creating the final project — a 5-foot sculpture of a fish complied of the material.

“I loved doing this project,” Roe said. “About three years ago I noticed how much litter was on the beach and I’d always wanted to do a larger piece. The school got behind the idea of the fish, the work of the students will culminate in this project and a science fair.”

The opening for the show as part of “Hops for Habitat” featuring the fish made of litter happens Saturday at the brewery at 6 p.m., and a follow-up workshop about happens Sunday May 6 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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Mary Morgan May 05, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Cindy, great project! So glad you highlighted this problem and made it into something creative! I'd love to get in touch with you about a summer project I am doing with Orient kids, where as "citizen scientists" we tabluate and remove invasive species asian shore crabs...Are you on facebook?
Tom Amara May 05, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Fantastic idea...maybe you should start an annual competition. That would go a long way toward cleaning up the beaches and raising awareness. Beautiful sculpture by the way.
Cindy pease roe May 05, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Yes. I am on Facebook and at cindy@cindypeaseroe.com

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