Sea Turtle - Ghost Net Sculpture

Sea Turtle - Ghost Net Sculpture

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Sea Turtles are a very important totem for us. They lay their eggs in the sand of our beaches. We gather the eggs as a food source. We believe a turtle wrestles with lighting out at sea when a cyclone comes. This keeps the destructive storm out to sea away from land and our communities. Ghost net is the term used for damaged fishing nets that are illegally dumped into the ocean from commercial fishing vessels. The creative use of ghost net by Indigenous artists has helped to raise awareness both nationally and internationally of the immense environmental impact these nets are having on the worlds’ oceans ecologies. Most of the ghost nets found on Australian coasts come from Thai, Vietnamese, South Korean and Chinese fishing boats operating illegally in the Arafura and Timorese Seas. The nets travel in the North West currents, trapping and killing marine life as they drift. Eventually, most of these nets sink to the ocean floor where they smoother reef and sea beds. They also, pose a considerable boating hazard by entangling propellers. The Gulf of Carpentaria is a ‘damage hotspot’ as this region is a prime habitat for many species of turtle, shark and targeted by the large scale illegal fishing enterprises. These nets are often found washed up on Pormpuraaw and surrounding beaches. The Pormpuraaw Land and Sea Rangers remove the stranded nets and bring them to the Art Centre to be recycled and made into artworks. Dead fish and debris are tangled in the nets, it takes days of hard work to cut and clean the nets in preparation for making sculptures.
Artist Christine Holroyd
67 x 62.5 x 6 cm Ghost Net over wire, rope, found objects
Price includes postage within Australia