Spending one hour a day collecting junk along the shoreline is unbelievable but this is exactly what Andre Faubert did, for he was out collecting trash on the shores of Huntington beach for his ‘crashing wave’ float project. Andre is a resident of Huntington beach and a volunteer of Surfrider Foundation. Surprisingly, Andre collected 580 pounds of junk which included bottle caps, plastic bags, Styrofoam cups and anything and everything he found as trash.
In order to create a sculpture out of the trash, Faubert received some help from an alum and a student from the Laguna College of Art and Design – Tierney Moses and Hannah Cosner – who basically functioned as his two assistants. Together they worked outside the Cosner’s garage in Santa Clemente by initially sorting the trash and segregating them into different colored piles. The base of this massive trash wave structure was plywood that would rightly balance the weighty sculpture. The plywood also represents the beach where the wave expends its energy, subtly indicating that we should not litter and throw trash alongside the beach or anywhere else. The sculpture is a message for the people to dispose trash carefully as it can damage the plants, clog the drains – hence, reduce plastic as our planet doesn’t want to be drowned in a plastic wave. The beach is a visual proof to have a realization that the vast ocean is not willing to digest pollution and that it will all come back to us.
Faubert’s massive crashing wave structure, made entirely out of trash, looks amazingly real with the right blend of colors – a curving blue base and white foam at the end of the curl. While Faubert and his team were making the float, people walking at a distance would come near to see out of fascination for the and were fascinated to see this unique wave theme made out of trash. The float of Crashing wave of trash was a part of the traditional Annual Day Parade on July 4th – making people environmentally conscious by spreading the ‘green’ word.