Inconvenient truth about rubbish on beaches


Inconvenience Store by Marina DeBris.


Artist Marina DeBris (far left)

COOGEE artist Marina De-Bris was named co-winner of this year’s Sculpture By The Sea People’s Choice Prize for her sculpture Inconvenience Store, which looks like your average convenience store, but was filled with disgarded items found on the beach.

Her mission, to turn draw attention our wasteful society, began when she moved from Sydney to Los Angeles, where she would pick up stacks of Styrofoam cups and take them to the local 7-11.

“The whole idea of making beach detritus into art began in 2009 with the realisation that the waste we create always comes back to haunt us,” she said.

The sculpture, that allowed the public to browse the store, was popular with the half a million people who visited Sculpture by the Sea, that closed on November 5. DeBris shares the People’s Choice Prize with Western Australian artist April Pine, whose sculpture depicted three figures making their way towards the surf.