This blogger creates art out of litter and it's incredible
Dominique is an Instagrammer and blogger who makes beautiful art masterpieces out of litter she finds on the street
It all started with a sea turtle...Dominique saw some litter on the beach one day in August and decided to make something out of it. It only took her 30 minutes to collect enough litter for her artistic creation. Her picture on Instagram garnered over 45,000 likes and that's when she decided to create more art out of the litter she finds using the hashtag #projectlittercritter.
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This seemingly cute turtle has more of a sinister undertone. She was made up entirely of waste that has been collected from the beaches around the island (a very, very small selection of it - see my Stories for the whole extent). @batubatuisland has their own conservation team who work tirelessly to monitor, research and subsequently improve the marine life around the island - with a strong focus on turtles. There’s a turtle hatchery on the resort where the eggs are monitored, kept away from predators (both human and otherwise), and when hatched are given safe passing into the sea. Between 2014 and 2017 more than 20,000 eggs were located to the hatchery; 53% of those hatched and were successfully released into the sea - yey! We’ve now adopted a nest of 140 Hawksbill Turtle eggs who will hatch between 13 August - 1st September (dates that cover both Penny and Boy Dom’s birthdays) and once they do, we’ll be sent videos of their release into the sea. We also went to a turtle talk a few days ago and here is some of the upsetting statistics and facts that we learned: • The turtle has lived in our ocean for over 150 million years. • The Leatherback turtle population has declined by 99% • The Green turtle is now endangered and the Hawksbill Turtle is critically endangered (both of which can be found around Batu Batu). • Only 1 in 1000 hatchlings will reach adulthood - and it is the increasing problems caused by humans that are threatening their future survival; poaching, pollution of the ocean (many autopsies have found plastic bags inside turtle’s stomachs which, in the water, would have resembled jellyfish - a turtles favourite food). Being caught in fishing nets and illegal trading of their eggs, meat and shells all contribute to their diminishing numbers. Before I came here, I had no idea that some breeds of turtles were so close to extinction. Turtles are gentle and beautiful creatures, and the thought that both of my daughters could grow up in a world where they no longer exist is truly heartbreaking.#projectlittercritter
Her art is incredible and it's fascinating to see how she creates different shapes out of the trash, but her main goal is to create awareness about the amount of litter that's out there. She says "we can all agree that as a society, we need to not only reduce the amount of waste we produce, we also need to ensure that it’s disposed of correctly. We all see litter – it’s everywhere, so how can we not – but quite often we see it as someone else’s problem – we didn’t drop it, so we don’t have to pick it up. But, once it’s there lying on the floor, blowing around our streets, into our forests, onto our beaches, and into our seas, it is our responsibility. It’s our planet and we should all be working together to clean it up."
Check out more of Dominique's art below.
Litter is definitely a problem and it's endangering animals in the ocean and the Earth as a whole. But if we each do our part of picking up trash when we find it, then the world will be a happier and cleaner place because of it. What do you think about these art pieces? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more litter news and other entertaining reads.