Garden Sculpture Makes Environmental Statement

July 11, 2010 by

Off the coast of Rhode Island, on a hill overlooking Block Island harbor, Brown University student Emily Alvarez has created an anti-butt campaign. Not a commentary on nudity, but rather one about preserving an island’s natural surroundings: Cigarette Butts Are Litter.

Alvarez gathered local tree branches, painted them white, then added the highlighted tips to look like burning cigarettes. Below the pack, she included stats representing the number of butts collected since the island’s Ocean View Pavilion opened in 2000.

Images © Karl Heine 2010

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  1. Barbara said:

    Great for you, Emily. Hoping the locals all got the message with local paper coverage, the town putting up signage, and the addition of an ashtray with a message such as – “leave butts here, not in the ocean.” Passing this forward to my dear friend Bill who has been screaming at butt-throwers that toss their used ones into Manhattan sewers (the ocean).

    — July 12, 2010 @ 08:34

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