MEDIA RELEASE: KITSILANO GATHERS TO BUILD A BIRD

MEDIA Release
SEPTEMBER 4, 2013

KITSILANO GATHERS DURING SEPTEMBER TO BUILD A BIRD SCULPTURE FOR THE WORLD WIDE BIRD ART INSTALLATION DAY AND DRAW ATTENTION TO INCREASING POLLUTION ON THE WEST COAST

Kitsilano, Vancouver, BC – Bird On The Beach, a community eco-art project initiated by a group of Kitsilano residents and supported by Vancouver Foundation and City of Vancouver, aims to get a giant bird sculpture built for the World Wide Bird Art Installation Day on Sunday, September 29 in order to create awareness on the dramatic increase in the amount of plastic found in the West Coast sea-birds.

A 2012 study showing the dramatic increase of plastic found in sea-birds that were washed ashore from Alaska to Oregon alerted the local artist/activist Mary Bennett and a group of Kitsilano residents to get together and plan Bird On The Beach. “Working with recycled plastic that could otherwise be in the ocean, we’re creating birds in honour of the Northern Fulmar, a sea-bird that has the unfortunate honour of being proposed as an indicator species for the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans,” says Bennett about the motivation behind the project.

Bird On The Beach will take place during the month of September and bring neighbours together for a series of workshops that will explore the effect of plastic pollution on seabirds. Each session will include a talk about the issue and art-making activities. Participants will collaborate to build a sculpture made from recycled materials, which will then be displayed at Heritage Harbour, behind the Vancouver Maritime Museum for the World Wide Bird Art Installation Day on Sunday, September 29.

For more information on World Wide Bird Art Installation Day: http://www.projectmailartbooks.com

For registration and more on Bird On The Beach: http://kitsecoarts.eventbrite.ca

Contact: Mary Bennett (Kits Eco-Arts) – 604 617 0142 – maryinvancouver@gmail.com
https://kitsecoarts.wordpress.com

In partnership with Vancouver Maritime Museum
Funding through the Neighbourhood Small Grant Program funded by Vancouver Foundation and City of Vancouver and administered through Kits House

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