Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day 353 - Nov. 7, 2012

lifeguard tower 26 - Ocean Park, Santa Monica CA
trash collected for 20 min. 
1.7 pounds
1,298.3 pounds total 

13 cigarette butts

My friend Natalie emailed this short video on Richard and Judith Lang who turn hundreds of thousands of plastic detritus bits that wash up on their beach into art. Stunning, inspiring art. 

It is easy to get distracted by the sunsets or the interior of our heads when on the beach. There is so much to take in; bids, waves, rays of light, other people. People come to the sand for rejuvenation, solace, a clearing. 

My favorite beach cleanups when there is hardly anything to pick up like tonight are my favorite. But the stray cigarette butt, or single water bottle still stand out. Taking these items with me when I leave makes my time out there that much sweeter. 


  1. My latest posting starts with "According to The VERMONT Brand, a study by O’Neil Strategy Group, a brand is a set of strong associations people have with a product, place....

    The association people have of the beach, the image is indeed of solace and cleaning amongst other pleasant associations. Ironic that we litter that which we want to help cleanse us.

    Read more on branding at


  2. These pictures are great. They make me really miss Santa Monica beaches. I spent a lot of summers with my grandparents there when I was growing up. Great memories. Thanks for sharing these, and I think it's great what your friends are doing with trash.