The EcoTales team will be at Stanley Primary School in Teddington this week making a recycled plastic Albatross for our festival art trail. The Albatross is an important addition to the trail as we plan to take ‘Project Albatross’ on a summer tour, to raise awareness of plastic pollution. The pupils of Stanley School will all contribute to the sculpture by each cutting out and attaching feathers from plastic waste they have collected over half term. A number of children from each year will be recorded reading the accompanying poem ‘Dear Albatross’. The bird will be powered by a hand pedal and the poem will play.
Albatross like many other seabirds are under threat from plastic pollution. The birds mistake floating plastic debris for food and even feed plastic to their young. The birds consume so much plastic that it causes blockages in their digestive system. They die from malnutrition as well as choking. The film ‘Midway’ is currently being made by Chris Jordan. It reveals the brutal reality of plastic pollution in our seas and oceans. Midway: Message From The Gyre.
We are asking Stanley School parents and pupils to help us name our Albatross.
You can tell us your name suggestions by clicking on the ‘leave a comment’ link below. Let us know your name, class, and what you would like to name our plastic feathered friend.