Sea-Turtle Sculpture with Sustainability Message Unveiled in Venice

Arts & Culture

An innovative and educational new turtle sculpture now greets beachgoers at Venice Beach. The public artwork—a gift to the City of Venice from Gulf Coast Community Foundation—was unveiled today by representatives from the City and the foundation at a small, socially distanced outdoor event. The larger-than-life aluminum turtle will double as a receptacle to display plastic and aluminum recyclables, helping to teach visitors about the dangers of plastic marine debris and the benefits of recycling.“We want to fill this turtle with plastic that might otherwise be left on the beach and end up in the Gulf of Mexico, so that real sea turtles and other wildlife out there don’t swallow it instead,” said Jon Thaxton, senior vice president for community investment at the foundation. “Our local economy and quality of life depend on clean, healthy waterways and vibrant sea life. This stunning piece of art will also teach vital lessons in conservation.”

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