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Moby the Whale

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A whale created from recycled materials for COP26





Dundee City Council asked ScrapAntics to create this giant whale sculpture for the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) held in Glasgow, November 2021.

The aim was to raise awareness of plastic pollution and sustainability by involving local school pupils - illustrating how young people can be part of the climate change solution. This in turn enabled the children to take responsibility for their environment and show how we can all be proactive in helping our sea life.

Moby, the finished whale sculpture, was created by artist Rio Moore (Kitchimama). He is over 10 feet long and covered in beautiful jellyfish created by pupils. Moby is now at home in the Wellgate Shopping Centre, level 2.

“Our project is creating an important conversation with the children and our community as a whole, about our use of plastics, making ethical choices and how our actions impact the planet’s future.” - Rio Moore, Lead Project Coordinator

“It’s amazing that something like this can be made from recycled materials!” - Hubfest attendee

“This is a great chance for the kids to learn about sustainability in a fun way.” - Hubfest attendee

“We need more like this, recycling is so important and we must teach our future generations about it.” - Hubfest attendee

Many thanks to…

Members of the public who cleaned beaches and donated plastic!
Dundee City Council Sustainability and Climate Change Team (funders)
Naomi Clarke at DCC
Pupils and staff at Rosebank Primary, St Pius RC Primary, St Mary’s RC Primary and Craigiebarns Primary
Rio Moore (lead artist)
Katie New (supporting artist_
Ali Whyte (filming)
Lydia Smith (photography)
Lewis Mullay at Café Unique (plastic donation)
Halfords, Dundee (cardboard donation)
Love Your Planet, Broughty Ferry (donation drop off point)