We Love Georgia’s Coast, Part 1: Designers and Artists respond to plastic pollution – TheTybeeTimes.net

Design created by contest winner, Allie Rotenberg

Tybee Island, GA:

On April 8th 9 artists from across the globe will show their work at the One Hundred Miles space in the Starland District at 2424 Drayton Street. The event, which showcases design and art responses to plastic pollution, is the culmination of a recent bag design competition, Reusable Totes for the Coast. The annual competion is part of a larger program to pledge local businesses to offer reusable tote bags as an alternative to trashy single use plastic bags. One Hundred Miles, works with Tybee Island citizens and organizations, like Ashley Workman and BYOB, Fight Dirty Tybee, and others, to pledge local businesses on Tybee Island. Within months of launching the pledge, 20 Tybee businesses signed up. As a special condition each of the first 20 pledgers received 500 free bags. Since then more businesses have taken an interest in reusable bags, and not only on Tybee.

Seeing an opportunity to create a strong statement, SCAD graduate student, Carol Massa, suggested a bag design competition to encourage more artists in designers to get involved with the environmental movement. Working with One Hundred Miles, Massa recruited nine artists from across the globe to submit a design. The winner, Allie Rotenberg, was announced in February (design pictured above left). Her work embodies an important message that every action we take impacts something else, someone else, and often somewhere else. Rotenberg also uses images of our beloved coastal icons, really setting the stage for why We Love Georgia’s Coast. Over 10,000 bags are currently in production to distribute to pledgers in May of 2017.

The complete group of submissions will be shown on April 8th. The show will also have special tabling from local organizations and activists working against plastic pollution in Savannah and Tybee. Businesses can sign up for the pledge at the event, and a small number of attendees will receive a free limited edition 2017 Reusable Totes for the Coast tote bag signed by the winning artist. The show hopes to spark dialog around the pressing issues of plastic pollution, litter, and how we can each play a role in turning this tsunami of plastic pollution along our coast around. Admission is free, open to the public, and accessible to all ages. Please join us in examining how artists and designers respond to this growing problem.

Learn more at http://www.onehundredmiles.org/ChooseToReuse

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