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Rubbish Duck

By Ferdinand Povel and Essi Salonen


Rubbish Duck is a sculpture made from over two thousand plastic bottles collected from the waterways in London

Campaign Name: Rubbish Duck
Delivered By: Ferdinand Povel and Essi Salonen
Main Objective: Behaviour change, raising awareness/ communications campaigns, Behaviour change, community engagement
Type: Installations incl. art
Location: Urban
Cost: £1k – 2.5k


In many parts of London the canals and rivers are the only quality public spaces. The waterways are also some of the last natural habitats for wildlife in the city but no organisation is in charge of keeping them clean. The waste poses a real threat to birds, fish and other wildlife.

One of the project partners was the environmental charity Thames21 , who organises clean up events in the waterways. The bottles for Rubbish Duck were collected with the help of these clean ups and the participating volunteers.

The sculpture symbolises the disregard towards the local environment but also draws attention to a larger problem plastic pollution causes globally. The sculpture will be on display during the summer 2012 in Regents Canal in Kings Cross and Camden Town Lock.

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