Tidal Shift Beverly

Imagined view of Tidal Shift canopy in Beverly’s Ellis Square

In collaboration with City Councilor Estelle Rand and the Bring Your Own Bag Beverly Ad Hoc Committee, Tidal Shift is beginning an educational campaign around a eliminating single-use plastic bags in Beverly, MA.

Tidal Shift is a community project that communicates the negative impact of plastic bag pollution in our oceans through large scale participatory public art installations. The project is an artful communication and educational tool as North Shore communities rally to adopt positive legislation to reduce single-use plastic bags.

BYOB Beverly Ad Hoc Committee presents at Beverly City Hall in support of single-use plastic bag legislation

While a lot of behind-the-scenes preparation has been happening for months, the public launch officially at Beverly City Hall on January 16th where the Ad Hoc Committee presented the many reasons to adopt new legislation to eliminate single use plastic bags in the city.

Local students and Change is Simple showcase plastic waste through art-making to support BYOB Beverly’s plans for legislation eliminating single-use plastic bags.

At this point, 61 Massachusetts cities, including Boston, have adopted plastic-bag reduction legislation. On the North Shore, Beverly would join many communities that have a integrated relationship with the water on their shores. Tidal Shift will conduct workshops for all ages during the next few months leading up to Arts Fest Beverly.

The project showcases a canopy of jellyfish made from used plastic bags to illustrate how marine life “sees” plastic bag pollution as food. This leads to the widespread ingestion of harmful plastic by sea creatures.

Tidal Shift jellyfish are easy and fun to create at workshops for all ages, at different venues in town from libraries and schools to cafés, restaurants, and shops. The community helps to create the canopy as they learn about the reasons for reducing single-use plastic bags in our community and oceans. Stay tuned for workshop times and locations!

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Tidal Shift Gloucester

Tidal Shift installation at Flatrocks Gallery, Gloucester 2017

The Tidal Shift workshop brought hands-on experience to support the Flatrocks Gallery exhibition “In Deep Water.”

A group show meant to inspire people to action. With grace, beauty and humor these artists use their gifts to raise consciousness about climate change, sea level rise, and ocean pollution. (from Flatrocks Gallery)

Tidal Shift workshop inside Flatrocks Gallery 2017

Like many cities around the North Shore, Gloucester is also thinking about adopting legislation to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags. Tidal Shift brings the expressive power of art to help communicate the importance of aligning our values for living with the appropriate legislation. Another small nudge towards a Tidal Shift!

Used plastic-bag jellyfish ready for installation

The gallery was a meaningful space in which to create these plastic bag jellyfish, surrounded by powerful artwork like Karen Ristuben’s “108 Acidified Eggshells.”

Tidal Shift Salem

photo by John Andrews, Creative Salem

TidalShift is up for The Salem Arts Festival in Salem MA supporting the City’s Plastic Bag Ban that commences on Jan 1, 2018. The statewide ban is almost here too! Join in for no plastic!

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