08 Jun Giant Whale Sculpture for 2021 COP26
Scrap Antics are excited to be creating a giant whale sculpture to involve local school children in the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, which is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, November 2021.
By involving local schools in the creation of the whale, we aim to demonstrate how young people can be part of the solution, enabling the children to take responsibility for their environment and show how we can all be proactive in helping our sea life.
The whale has a very strong connection with Dundee both through the city’s river connection and the Tay whale, which is on display in the McManus Gallery. COP26 is focused around humanities’ impact on nature and this project is bringing awareness of the way that plastic impacts our sea life, particularly the use of plastic bags. Whales quite often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish and ingest them, which they can end up dying from. A lot of seabirds and sea-life have this problem, as much of the plastic we use is going straight into our oceans.
We will be working with primary 6 and 7 students from four local schools over the summer, helping the children up-cycle the plastics they collect into accompanying jellyfish and embellishments for the whale, which will be over 10 feet in size and created from recycled materials. Children will also be invited to take part in local beach clean ups alongside Plastic Free Broughty Ferry, raising an awareness of what we can all do in our spare time to help our environment.
Rhiannon Moore, Creative Coordinator for Scrap Antics explains, “Our project is creating an important conversation with the children and our community as a whole, about our use of plastics, making ethical choices and how our actions impact the planet’s future.”
STV will be capturing different stages of the project and the public may even be able to come and see the whale being created! So keep an eye out for more whale updates over the next few months!