Artists Mara Marxt Lewis & Tyler Lewis are removing debris from a beach in the Outer Hebrides.
In the first week of July, Mara Marxt Lewis & Tyler Lewis will head to the isle of Scarp, just off the west coast from the Isle of Harris. There is a beautiful beach there on the Atlantic side called ‘Mol Mor’, or Big Beach. After visiting Scarp in the summer of 2017, we were in love with its raw beauty but rather taken aback at seeing such an impact humanity can have on a place that it no longer inhabits. Mol Mor is a beach covered in all sorts of plastic, rubber, metal, objects that have washed ashore over the years. It is a rather colorful sight, but it’s just rubbish that doesn’t belong there.
We are determined to rid the beach of all the rubbish and process what can be recycled at the appropriate facilities. As we’re artists, we have other plans for all the plastic and metal buoys! Later this September we have an exhibition at University of Edinburgh’s Tent Gallery, where we’ll show our immersive sound installation that makes use of the buoys as a sculptural material. It’s a great way to re-use the otherwise wasted material, and hopefully draw some more attention to the issue of plastic in our oceans.
We’ve started a GoFundMe campaign to help make the cost involved with traveling to the Hebrides and hauling everything off the island feasible. So, please contribute whatever you can – even a little bit is greatly appreciated and share with your friends and family – we’ll make this a big success!
Creative Carbon Scotland is a partnership of arts organisations working to put culture at the heart of a sustainable Scotland. We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.
In 2011 we worked with partners Festivals Edinburgh, the Federation of Scottish Threatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network to support over thirty arts organisations to operate more sustainably.
We are now building on these achievements and working with over 70 cultural organisations across Scotland in various key areas including carbon management, behavioural change and advocacy for sustainable practice in the arts.
Our work with cultural organisations is the first step towards a wider change. Cultural organisations can influence public behaviour and attitudes about climate change through:
Changing their own behaviour;
Communicating with their audiences;
Engaging the public’s emotions, values and ideas.