Delhi-based visual artist Manveer Singh recently installed a 15-foot Olive Ridley sea turtle artwork made entirely from plastic waste on Puri Beach. Singh, which is popularly known as ‘Plasticvalla’, aims to raise awareness of the threat of plastic waste on the environment, especially on the sea and aquatic life, through its facility.
“My aspiration with this work of art, created with hard-to-recycle plastic, was to represent them with the very waste that bothers them,” he wrote, sharing the work.
“On the vast Rushikulya beach in Ganjam, Odisha, there is a mass nesting ground for olive ridley turtles. Mr. Rabindranath Sahu has dedicated his entire life to cleaning up this beach on his own, in order to create a safe and hygienic environment for these turtles. There are several of these anonymous heroes like this who continue to do a good job in silence, ”he said.
He added that his work “is certainly for the turtles, but also for the people who care about them and continue to work, every day”.
The artist is a laureate of the ‘METIS on Plastics and Indo-Pacific Ocean 2021’ initiative, a collaboration between the Utsha Foundation and AFD. His artwork on sea turtles is part of this initiative.
“Through this project, I will engage with the residents of the town of Bhubaneshwar in Odisha, India, to raise awareness about plastic pollution. I will collect over 50kg of MLP from Bhubaneshwar and turn it into art. This will be my serious attempt to create a public exhibition of these works of art, ”he said after his victory.