March 19th, 2011, posted by Shore Crew Tags: Oceans, Plastiki, Waste

We’ve got some exciting news from the Plastiki HQ. Our real life ‘Message in a Bottle’, a web-tracked bottle released by the crew during their pacific crossing, is heading towards the shores of the Philippine Island of Siargao, 800 kilometers SE of Manila. Whats more there’s also a $250 award for the person who tracks it down!

California artist Jay Little equipped the nine-liter glass bottle with a satellite-tracking device to monitor its progress. An interactive map, hosted here on the Plastiki website, updated the co-ordinates of the 20-inch-long vessel on a daily basis from its launching point 840 miles south of Hawaii to its current offshore site.

Determined to underscore the importance of preserving the world’s oceans, and draw attention to the pollution (particularly plastic debris) that is causing devastation on an unprecedented scale, Little has prevailed upon friends and colleagues for the past 17 years to help launch his bottles – from every conceivable type of vessel and spanning all seven major oceans. These vessels ranged from ice breakers to sailboats, research vessels, freighters, fishing boats, luxury liners, surfers and even a naval helicopter.

“I am more than excited and happy that this message in a bottle is about to end its own epic journey, again, like the Plastiki, it proves against all odds that anything is possible! I think we can all take some of this spirit and apply it to our own personal journeys to eliminate dumb Planet 1.0 single use plastics!”
David de Rothschild

Each glass bottle – emblazoned with a map of the world’s ocean currents — contains a two-page hand-decorated message soliciting assistance for an ongoing collaborative art project. According to Little, as reinforced by the message contained in each bottle: “My goal is to draw attention to the current environmental deterioration of the oceans and inspire people to take action.” Bottle recipients are encouraged to send found objects destined, in his words, “for assemblage into a series of sculptures that symbolize the cooperative effort needed to seek new solutions and effect positive change.” Despite hardships and often extremely trying conditions, participants have contributed such items as corals, glass floats, animal skeletons, fishing gear, feathers, fossils, living plants, shells, handmade ceramics, maps, a carved ceremonial sword, a piece of an 1860 shipwreck, driftwood, sand, and – ironically — abundant plastic flotsam.

Let the treasure hunt begin! Post any news on the bottle’s whereabouts to the Message Bottle Project on Facebook.

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