The Art Of Transforming Marine Rubbish

John Pickup picked up the news that Marine rubbish from the Abrolhos Islands is being transformed into art and beautifying the archipelago. 1

Rubbish is piled onto a fishing boat ready to be spread on the wharf and collected by artists.(ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt: Cecile O'Connor) (1)

A pearl producer who founded a project that transforms marine junk into art says it is making a significant difference on the islands where volunteers collect the rubbish.

Pia Boschetti said the idea was sparked after a clean-up at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands about 12 years ago when she and volunteers were wondering what to do with the rubbish they collected.

A journalist suggested she let local artists use the junk, which included everything from old floats and ropes to bottle tops, plastic bottles, pieces of manufacturing wood and even the odd intact light globe.

"I automatically saw a vision of bringing the rubbish in, putting it on the wharf and artists coming down and taking it away and then bringing it back in the form of artwork that I could exhibit in my shop," Ms Boschetti said.

Flotsam and Jetsam was born.1

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The art of transforming marine rubbish to clean up an archipelago
An Abrolhos pearl producer says a novel art project using marine refuse is helping to rid the archipelago of discarded objects.

1. ABC Midwest & Wheatbelt / By Cecile O'Connor Posted Thu 26 May 2022 at 9:05am