A collection point has been set up in the yard to recycle old leather footballs. These footballs are being sought after for an environmental art project by Balbriggan artist Thomas Brezing. The art work will be made out of a collection of balls, particularly GAA balls, and will be created to form a life size whale-like skeleton.
‘The art work I want to create will highlight where plastic can end up: inside of animals, inside of birds and fish, and ultimately inside of us. In order to make people aware of plastic & marine pollution I want to create a large carcass, a gigantic rib cage, 20 feet long and up to 7 feet high and wide. Inside the carcass will be filled with plastic waste and it will contain a passenger, a human-like skeleton. I am hoping this will be sending a strong message to the viewer and because of the sheer size of the piece I am also hoping for a strong visual impact. I have been working on this project for several months already and it will take me another 6 – 9 months to complete. It’s one of the biggest art projects I have ever worked on’.
Thomas says it all started when he saw a number of images in a newspaper of dead albatross chicks in the sea, tangled up with plastic litter. It was a real eye opener for him: ‘It got me thinking where our waste goes if not managed properly and I started to read articles and books on plastic & marine pollution’.
This recycling project is in keeping with our green school ethos. For more information about Thomas’ art work and this particular project check out his website on www.thomasbrezing.weebly.com and if you wish to get rid of your old GAA balls, even footballs or rugby balls, please contact Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange collection.