LIFE-SIZED WHALE CRE­ATED US­ING DIS­CARDED PLAS­TIC

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SAN FRAN­CISCO >> Artists are putting the fin­ish­ing touches on an 82-foot-long blue whale made from dis­carded plas­tic that will be on dis­play near San Fran­cisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to raise aware­ness about ocean pol­lu­tion. The Mon­terey Bay Aquar­ium says a blue whale can weigh 300,000 pounds — about the amount of plas­tic sci­en­tists say en­ters the ocean ev­ery nine min­utes. A 2015 study by Jenna Jam­beck, an en­vi­ron­men­tal engi­neer at the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia, found 9 mil­lion tons of plas­tic waste en­ter the ocean an­nu­ally. The sculp­ture cre­ated from plas­tic wa­ter bot­tles, lids and bags by artists Joel Deawl Stock­dill and Yustina Sal­nikova will be pub­licly un­veiled Satur­day. It is lo­cated in Crissy Field, the heart of the Golden Gate Na­tional Recre­ation Area.

It is spon­sored by the aquar­ium in part­ner­ship with the Na­tional Park Ser­vice and the Golden Gate Na­tional Parks Con­ser­vancy.

PHO­TOS BY ERIC RISBERG — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Artist Joel Deal Stock­dill, left, works Fri­day on a blue whale art piece made from dis­carded sin­gle-use plas­tic at Crissy Field in San Fran­cisco.

Jared Chen, above, works at re­in­forc­ing pan­els in­side the blue whale art piece. The 82-foot-long whale is on dis­play near San Fran­cisco’s Golden Gate Bridge to raise aware­ness about ocean pol­lu­tion.

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