Small polyethylene disks were made and stored to make a difference in a sewage plant in Mamaroneck N.Y. However, before these wagon wheel shaped disks could be used by the plant, the tanks used to store these disks ruptured and hence spilling them all across the nearby beaches. These environment friendly plastic disks were going to be used in order to reduce the nitrogen content in water and hence increase the oxygen levels. They prevent a condition called hypoxia and hence help living things in water to survive. This use of the disks could not be done but they were put to good use in making fantastic pieces of art. Designers Sally Shore and Barbara Karyo collected trash and these disks from the beach area and got involved in making wonderful artifacts. The event where the art work was displayed was called “Reclaiming the Beach”.
Sally Shore was involved in cleaning the beach and she took around two thousand of the disks to her art studio with her. She wanted to make a room divider with them and intended on making flowers and other things. However, she ended up making a large fish and lot many other things. She had collected lot other material from the beach as well and hence some really artistic products would be seen at the gallery.
How did it all happen?
The Westchester Waste water treatment plant was supposed to use these polyethylene disks but the tanks where the disks were stored flooded out due to rains and hence spilled the disks. The plant was upgrading when the flooding occurred and hence the tanks could not hold back.
The whole artwork portrays how trash can be converted into useful and artistic things. Recycling needs to be done with almost all the products we use. Industries should also reuse their waste products in making some really useful bi-products. These products can make the earth a greener place to live in and hence no harm will be done to mankind.
Artist and social activist Barbara Karyo also believes that these plastic disks could have been put to better use if they were stored in right places. She headed the campaign which was called Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor and along with many volunteers collected more than 20 thousand plastic disks from Tappan and Sea Cliff Beach in one hour.