Memories for the Future

Memories for Minsmere

The Plastic Palace

 

August 2013

PICK UP PLASTIC AND HELP MAKE THE BEACH A BETTER HOME FOR NATURE

Welcome to the Plastic Palace!  This palace has been made from plastic collected from the tideline at Minsmere, sorted, disentangled and cleaned.  We are inviting walkers to pick up plastic from the beach and bring it to decorate the palace.  There is also a Palace Journal for visitors to write and draw about their experience of this beautiful coastline.

Making the Plastic Palace

Making the Plastic Palace

With thanks to Irene and Christine for helping to make the palace

Collecting for the Plastic Palace

Collecting for the Plastic Palace

The Plastic Palace, RSPB Minsmere

The Plastic Palace, RSPB Minsmere

The palace will remain in place until September.  Liz McGowan will be offering free drop-in palace workshops between Sunday August 4th and Wednesday August 7th.  Lots of creative recycling!  If the weather prevents beach activities, the workshops will take place at the Discovery Centre.

Detail of the Plastic Palace

Detail of the Plastic Palace

Detail of the Plastic Palace, RSPB Minsmere

Detail of the Plastic Palace, RSPB Minsmere

THREE WEEKS LATER and the palace is dripping with plastic collected by visitors from the beach

The Plastic Palace - three weeks old

The Plastic Palace – three weeks old

The Palace Diary has many entries – writing and drawing by young and old

The Palace Diary

The Palace Diary

Visitors have been recycling the beach plastic into spinning tops, jewellery and sculptures, and also taking useful bits of twine to tie up tomato plants or runner beans.

Making necklaces from beach plastic

Making necklaces from beach plastic

Necklace made of beach plastic

Necklace made of beach plastic

Plastic Palace

Bird sculpture made from beach plastic

Bird sculpture made from beach plastic

 

April 2014

Here are some of the beautiful things that were made out of plastic that had been added to the Plastic Palace.

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Bird Feeder

 

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Self-watering Plant Pot

 

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Wind Spinner

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October 2013

The Plastic Palace has now been dismantled, sorted and recycled.  Liz is working on a sculpture using pieces of plastic that you collected and used to decorate the palace with.  It will be installed at the end of the North Wall at the reserve, and photos will appear on this site when it is up.

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2 thoughts on “The Plastic Palace

  1. Remember making the bird in the last picture with my son and daughter.

    • The palace has now been dismantled and recycled – but I have used many of the small pieces of plastic from the palace to make a sculpture which will appear at the end of the North Wall of the reserve – not sure when, but photos will appear on this site when it is up.

      Best wishes

      Liz

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