The idea began with Henry Wang, founder of Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans, a team of volunteer divers who pull junk from the bottom of lakes in British Columbia. “I thought it would be cool to take some of the stuff we found and see what kind of creative art we can make. Then using the art as another avenue of educating the public on the amount of trash we find.” Last month the group gave 11 piles of trash to the Sea to Sky Arts Council Alliance, a collective of arts groups, for a collaborative project called Diving In: The Art of Cleaning Lakes and Oceans. Jami Scheffer, executive director of the Hearth Arts on Bowen, said the artists are invited to use the materials provided to express themselves as they wish, comparing it to a reality TV show cook-off. “It’s like the chef challenge but instead, we are going to create art from the trash." The exhibit will travel to seven communities between April and November.

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