September 4, 2013
A sculpture depicting two humpback whales made of trash now hangs in the Aquarium’s Great Hall. Special effects artist Greg Aronowitz worked with the Roddenberry Dive Team to create the sculpture, which the group named George and Gracie.
The Roddenberry Dive Team participated in coastal clean-ups at the Los Angeles River and Avalon Harbor at Catalina Island to collect the marine debris for the sculpture. This includes plastic water bottles, bags, pill bottles, balls, food wrappers, cigarette butts, and pieces of Styrofoam. The frames of the whales were made from shower curtain rods, fishing poles, baby carriages, and pipes. The sculpture will be on display at the Aquarium until January 6, 2014.
The sculpture promotes both conservation efforts to reduce trash pollution in the ocean, as well as art that celebrates marine life. Aronowitz’s film and television credits include Terminator 2, Memoirs of a Geisha, Castaway, and The X-Files. The Roddenberry Dive Team, founded by Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, promotes education, exploration, and stewardship of our oceans through safe diving activities.
A short film chronicling the sculpture’s creation will debut this month at the Blue Ocean Film Festival in Monterey, California.