In The Arts

June 24, 2010

ZeroTrash illustrates litter impact on oceans

ZeroTrash was recently asked by the Miocean Foundation, an Orange County nonprofit that focuses on pollution removal at local beaches, to highlight its "1st Saturday" community clean-up efforts in O.C. with an art project for the Foundation's Blue 42 event at the St. Regis Hotel.

ZT founder Chip McDermott collaborated with his wife and local artist, Danis, and Miocean board member and Laguna resident Mark Draper, to create a 14-foot whale named Humphrey.


"We made him out of chicken wire and paper mache and 'skinned' him with environmental articles, illustrating the effect of urban runoff and trash in our oceans," Chip said. "The whale's chicken wire belly was left uncovered to show trash in its stomach."

The inspiration for the project, he said, was an article he read recently about the dead whale found with more than 20 pounds of trash in its stomach in Puget Sound, Wash.

The backdrop was the Blue 42 event invite itself, blown up to show the 42 miles of county coastline and the three current ZeroTrash communities within it: Laguna, Newport Beach and Dana Point.

More than 200 pounds of trash, recyclables and cigarette butts collected from ZeroTrash's May clean-up were laid beneath the whale, as it "streamed" from O.C. rivers into the ocean.

'Tuscan' exhibit opens in Laguna

La Bottega Dell'Acquaforte held an opening reception for international artist Carla Carli Mazzucato on June 19.

Numerous collectors and local luminaries attended, including Paolo Miliozzi, president of the Fondazione Italia, and Carlo Rocco, former president of the Orange County Italian Cultural Assn. The reception gave art patrons the opportunity to meet the Italian-born artist and view her collection of original "Tuscany-inspired" oil paintings.

Mazzucato first exhibited in the United States in 1969. By 1982, her work began appearing regularly in New York City, and shows in Toronto, Dallas, Chicago and Palm Springs soon followed. Described as a "modern expressionist," Mazzucato's work hangs in the permanent collection of the Detroit Opera House as well as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese Church of Corpus Domini in Bolzano, Italy.

The "Tuscan Sun" exhibit will run through July 25, at the gallery, 1590 S. Coast Hwy., Suite No. 4. For more information, call (949) 497-6690 or visit

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