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The Ceramic Turtle Project


The Ceramic Turtle is made from a mosaic of hand crafted ceramic "tiles" representing different plastic items.The Ceramic Turtle is made from a mosaic of hand crafted ceramic "tiles" representing different plastic items.Skyline High School's Advanced Ceramics class created a turtle mosaic to highlight the impacts of plastic on the environment. Earlier this month, the turtle was installed in the school's science wing.

From the class's artist statement:

"The Ceramic Turtle Project is an artistic commentary about society's overuse and consumption of plastic. Millions of pounds of plastic are thrown away every year; much of it ends up in waterways and oceans, detrimentally affecting wildlife and habitats.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a cesspool of toxic plastics and wastes, located in the Pacific Ocean that is twice the size of Texas! And because plastic takes several thousand years to breakdown, this problem will outlive its source.

Ceramic Turtle DetailCeramic Turtle DetailThe problem is a consequence of our throwaway society. This turtle is composed of common one-use plastic products: coffee caps, plastic spoons, forks, containers, and water bottles. The first step to fixing the problem is to ease our use of plastic.

There are many steps an individual can take to decrease their environmental impacts: use reusable containers, buy a reusable water bottle. Opt for a canvas shopping bag. We are all connected to this planet and ever one of our actions matters.

'When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world' –John Muir"