Let's take a journey.
The Rakefish Usa tour 2011-12
In early 2011, the Rakefish was created by students in the small town of Guilford, Connecticut, and a movement was begun. The Rakefish, made in a 4th grade art class, is covered in questions and thought-provoking comments from the students that created it. The Rakefish's namesake, a washed-up plastic rake found on the shores of Connecticut, makes up the dorsal fin of the creature, while other repurposed marine debris plastics live in and around the sculpture.
The Rakefish swam to 7 states and spent time in over 10 schools, and educated thousands at beach cleanups in California and Hawaii. Each school contributed to the sculpture and created educational resources to go on to the flashdrive stored in the eye of the fish. This collaborative educational movement empowered by both art and science grew iteratively as the Rakefish reached more people to inspire more change.
new south wales
In 2014, the Rakefish continued its journey around the world and was shipped to Australia to be hosted by a local non-profit, Take 3. The Rakefish made new friends as it traveled to different beach cleanups across the country, teaching youth about the change that they could be involved in if they choose a plastic-smart lifestyle. The Take 3 crew also presented the Rakefish sculpture to many schools throughout New South Wales, and featured the sculpture in a variety of environmental events and programs in 2014.
Dominican Republic 2015-16
In 2015, our students created C-Junk, one of twin sea turtle sculptures created in the image of our pilot program, the Rakefish. Hosted by the educational community of Colegio Lux Mundi in the Domincan Republic, C-Junk served as a bridge between students in the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Through Skype, students conversed about the complexities of the plastic pollution issues in their respective communities and transcended both cultural and language barriers with the help of our STEAM (science, tech, engineering, art, and mathematics) based program.
In 2016, the Rakefish made the trek from Australia to Japan, where it met the amazing Japanese artist and activist, Masayuki Ota. In East Japan, Masayuki performed some much-needed professional repairs on the beloved Rakefish, which was then presented to many schools in the Tokyo area. Masa's workshops include a presentation on the Rakefish, which teaches students about the impacts of plastic pollution globally and in their local communities but also gives them an opportunity to draft their own messages about their feelings about plastic pollution. Students took the Rakefish to a beach cleanup where they shared what they learned about plastic pollution with the community members who attended the cleanup.