CRABTASTIC! SAY NO TO ONE-USE PLASTIC! is a huge art installation on the waterfront in West Mersea made by the pupils and volunteers of West Mersea School and artist Vinny Stapley funded by Mersea Island Tales Educational Trust.
Vinny said ‘The crabs designed by the pupils have been made from plastics found on the beaches and shorelines of Mersea Island and have their own particular message and personality … the giant Crazy Crab, Causeway Crab – highlighting the litter around the Strood, Colin & Carol – a husband and wife duo, families of crabs, the glamorous Chloe Crab and the rather wonderful Crabbity Crab Crab are just a few.’
The installation seeks to encourage both residents and visitors to the island to say no to ‘one use’ plastics and to take their rubbish home with them – keeping Mersea litter free. Crabbers will also be encouraged to learn safe crabbing etiquette; the Trust has commissioned a beautifully designed poster by illustrator Tom Knight to teach crabbers the rules of ‘safe & humane’ crabbing and encourage them to take their rubbish home and not to let plastics enter the marine environment.
Come and join us for the final unveiling of the project on Wednesday the 27th June at 1.45 pm where, the installation will be unveiled by Olympic sailing Gold medallist and Mersea Islander Saskia Clark.
It’s going to be Crabtastic !