Summer is here and what better time of year to show your devotion to the ocean with some fun and creativity? Inspired by 1) the trio of huge fish made from plastic bottles constructed as a display during the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development this past month and 2) my new found skill at fusing plastic I am calling upon all readers and friends of readers to create some art (functional or not) with items they would otherwise toss. Why not start a collection of bottle caps or soda tabs to create a sign for your favorite band or music act? Start creating a pile of cardboard and make an homage to your favorite animal, brand, or company just like artist Mark Langan. These submissions can also be useful for around the house. Why not upcycle glass baby food jars for storage? I’ve got my own projects in the works and will share later this summer.
This contest is set up to demonstrate that anyone, anywhere can make an impact on saving the ocean. That’s right, even if you’re a Minnesota-ite (or is it Minnesotian?) everything that goes into your watershed will end up in the sea. This contest is also set up to help build awareness as to how much waste we produce that we could otherwise reuse. Who knows, maybe this contest can be practice for when you someday build an entire home out of shipping containers?
Rules and regulations
- Each entry should be photographed and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than midnight EDT on August 17, 2012 (please limit to 4 images at 300 dpi).
- All images sent will be property of Beach Chair Scientist.
- Each entry should be accompanied with a brief statement including 1) names and ages of the artists, 2) what type(s) of how much of each material(s) were used, 3) any other material(s) used, 4) collection process for gathering material(s), 5) intend of the piece, and 6) favorite anecdote from the while creating the entry for the Summer Sustainability Creativity Challenge. This statement should not exceed 500 words.
- Entry can be submitted by any one person or organization. The winner will be notified to the email address that submitted the entry on August 31, 2012.
- This year there will be three top entries chosen by a group of three remarkable individuals (1 teacher and 2 non-formal science educators that will be introduced later this summer). Their judging will be based on four overall factors: creativity and originality, message and intent, collection process, and lessons learned. On August 24, 2012 these entries will be announced and we’ll launch into an audience participation vote when the voting will close at midnight EDT on August 30, 2012. The winner will be announced August 31, 2012.
- (1) Beach Chair Scientist t-shirt (winner’s preference)
- (1) Marine science learning packet (coloring book, learning pages, stickers, etc.)
- (1) $50.00 gift certificate to your favorite store on Etsy
- (1) Autographed hardcopy edition of Josie Iselin’s Beach: A Book of Treasure
- (1) David Helvarg’s 50 Ways to Save the Ocean (hardcover or e-book, winner’s preference)
- The honor and prestige of being the first winner of the Summer Sustainability Creativity Challenge!
- The top 10 entries will be featured in a video posted on August 31, 2012
If you or your organization would like to co-sponsor this contest please contact email@example.com. Please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions or comments.