Mersea Island Tales Educational Trust Funds Art Project At Mersea School in Memory of Elizabeth Seifert.
“High Tide, Low Tide, CLEAN TIDE”, an ambitious new environmental Art project, was launched at Mersea Island School on Friday the 19th by local childrens’ author Veronique Eckstein.
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Veronique, her brother Hubert and her sister Caroline, all former pupils of Mersea School, conceived the project to remember their mother, the late Elizabeth Seifert, former District Nurse and Matron of Abberton Manor. She loved the sea and beaches of this beautiful island and swam almost every day for more than 30 years.
Because of her love of the sea, the family wished to fund a local project allowing the island’s children to get out on the water, have some fun, and at the same time learn about the dangers of marine plastics. 8 Kayaks and a trailer for the school and other community groups to use and promote education on marine pollution have also been purchased.
The Trust has engaged local artist Vinny Stapley to deliver the Art project with the school. Under Vinny’s guidance, the 400+ pupils got involved by creating a whole school drawing of beach-gathered shells and natural forms.
Vinny Stapley will work with the schools’ pupils and teachers to create a large sculpture using plastics washed up on our island’s shores. This sculpture will be symbolic of the incredible amount of plastic waste currently polluting our seas and killing our marine life and entering the foodchain.
The pupils will be collecting plastic litter from the beaches and will learn about the dangers of plastic in more detail from marine scientists who will also visit the school to work with the children.
They will also be having workshops on World Ocean Day on the 8th of June.
The project is also hoping to hear from other community groups that work hard to keep our shores clear of rubbish, in the hope that they can contribute any plastics they have collected to the project.
If you represent one of these community groups or if you would like to volunteer on the project, could you please contact Vinny by emailing : firstname.lastname@example.org
For members of the public that may wish to contribute beachcombed plastic, old fishing floats or plastic net, there will be colour coded collection bins set up outside the school. Vinny and the pupils are only collecting hard plastics (no sweet wrappers) as they will need to be washed and drilled so they can be firmly attached to the sculpture.
Regular updates will be published in the Courier