BUSAN, Sept. 13 (Korea Bizwire) —The local government of Busan’s Haeundae-gu teamed up with village cooperative “Eco-Eco” to hold a beachcombing festival at Haeundae Beach yesterday.
Beachcombing is an activity that has individuals searching for things of value or interest on the beach, and doubles as an effective way of cleaning up the sandy shores. As more people are making an effort to protect the marine environment and create artwork made from waste found in the sea, beachcombing has become a new form of subculture in the Busan region.
On the shores of Haeundae, installation artwork made from scrapped swim tubes after being used over the summer will be on display until September 30. A large pavilion measuring 20 meters by 10 meters, a native American-style tent measuring 10 meters in diameter, and a 10-meter tunnel are some of the artwork that will be on display at the outdoor exhibit.
Inside the installations, visitors can create photo frames, miniature ships and other pieces, for a participation fee of 5,000 won, by using shells and other waste that has swept up on Haeundae’s shores. Photos that promote awareness of the severity of marine pollution will also be on exhibit during the festival.
On September 15, “beachcombing day” will be officiated with families collecting waste from Cheongsapo Beach. Participants who collect 50 liters of garbage will be given reusable shopping bags made from beach parasols worth 40,000 won.
Those who are interested in participating in the festival can get more information by calling the Eco-Eco Cooperative at 010-9252-1676. The cooperative has been at the forefront of environmental protection efforts by producing recycled goods made from swim tubes, used banners, and other leftovers from the summer season.
M. H. Lee (email@example.com)