"If there is one thing that I have discovered by studying the ocean, it is that it is greatly imperiled- it is treated both as humanity’s waste bin and its fast food joint. We simply dump too many pollutants into it while extracting too many organisms and resources out of it. My life’s goal is to help protect the marine environment, and I have found that for me, the best avenue through which to do this is sculpture."
Last Dive at the Farallones is a new art installation at The Marine Mammal Center. The exhibit features a three-dimensional representation of a whale fluke just before submerging. Spanning eight feet tip to tip, this piece is made entirely of found materials, including plastic foam, rope and wood.
Ethan Estess, a marine scientist, artist and California native, crafted this piece as a visual reminder of the dangers lurking beneath the waves. It was inspired by a researcher who watched helplessly as a magnificent whale struggled and ultimately succumbed to its entanglement in a rope.
Each year, an estimated 100,000 marine mammals become entangled in marine debris, such as fishing ropes, monofilament lines, six-pack rings and packing straps. Most of the trash and pollution that ends up in the ocean originates from land-based human activities.
Your choices make a difference for the health of the ocean! Follow the 4 R’s – Refuse, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle – and encourage your family and friends to do the same.
Ethan Estess completed “Last Dive” while participating in the Artist-in-Residence Program at Recology, San Francisco’s leading waste diversion and resource recovery partner.
Admission is free to The Marine Mammal Center, but for a small fee you can expand your visit by taking a Docent-Led Tour or Audio Tour.
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