What do you do with your old surfboards? That’s a question Artist/Graphic Designer Chris Anderson wants to pose to the surfing community, himself included. Currently in the process, Anderson, who is finishing his honors year at the University of Wollongong, Australia, chose a project near to his heart: the disposal of surfboards.
In an effort to showcase what happens to discarded surfboards, Anderson is in the midst of working on a thought-provoking art installation by collecting 1,000 broken surfboards and installing them in the form of a massive graveyard on Garie Beach which is located in the Royal National Park on the outskirts of Southern Sydney.
Many of us know that the eventual fate of a surfboard is limited to a landfill. Unfortunately, a landfill is the graveyard for the objects of our heavily materialized throw-away society. This includes the surfer’s most valuable piece of equipment – the surfboard. With the worldwide surfing population reported to be between 17 million (Surfing Australia) and 23 million (International Surfing Association) (with many surfers owning several boards), this is a large amount of boards being disposed each year. Anderson hopes to provoke answers on how surfers, him included, can better manage this waste.
Anderson’s project, 1,000 Surfboard Graveyard, aims to generate new ideas, have fun, and encourage fresh conversations about the sustainability of high performance surfboards; including their carbon emissions, non-renewable resource consumption and disposal into a landfill.
The installation will provide an epic image that will be used in conjunction with Surfrider Foundation Australia for further promotion.
The project has only just begun. For more information about the project and how to donate old/broken surfboards call Christopher at 0400 235 412 or follow his blog: http://1000surfboardgraveyard.blogspot.com/ blog or the Facebook page: on https://www.facebook.com/pages/1000-Surfboard-Graveyard/234727836546092?sk=wallFacebook.