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Mural by Alara Harris

A mural with a message

News Article Date: 
Friday, 21 February 2020

At first glance, the new mural at the Blue Hole by Alara Harris looks like a pristine underwater seascape. But look closer.

To raise awareness and get the general public talking about plastic pollution, the Plastic Free Alliance and Ms Harris have teamed up to produce a mural on the Blue Hole toilet block near the mouth of the Hopkins River. 

The mural depicts animals such as southern right whales, an Australian fur seal and a southern rock lobster swimming around in what was an underwater oasis until it became chocked by human litter.

“This mural is to raise awareness about the current situation the world’s oceans are in,” Ms Harris said.

“We need to take responsibility for our actions and the choices we make every day.”

Founder of the Plastic Free Alliance Justin Harzmeyer said that he was delighted with the mural, and the vital message it helps to convey.

“It is important that everyone thinks about their actions and starts to make a positive change with their consumption of single use plastic,” he said.

“It might seem that one person’s actions won’t make a difference but if we all did it then we can all make a massive difference.”

Ms Harris’ original artworks will be auctioned to raise money for the local Sea Shepherd Australia Marine Debris Campaign.

Be sure to follow the Plastic Free Alliance on Facebook for more information about the auction.

The mural was funded by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, Warrnambool City Council and Fishcare South West.

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