Trashlantis began as a "kinetic sculpture" to compete in races
We're a creative collective of artists and athletes using humor, ingenuity and muscle power to engage the public. We use whimsy and a personal approach to bypass advertising supersaturation. Our foolishness slips past people's message fatigue, prompting a fresh start for better conversations about the civilization-scale crises facing humanity.
Our latest artivism is focused on initiating conversations about plastic pollution with our latest action, Trashlantis. Find us at these venues (with more to come!)
What is Trashlantis about?
We won Humboldt's 2022 Kinetic Grand Championship with our human-powered amphibious kinetic sculpture Humpbacks of Notre Dame. This year we bring you a story ripped from today's headlines: plastic is washing into the oceans and creating brand-new ecosystems. We will be performing as a university of Trashlanteans, strange half-human, half-fish and half-trash beings from an ancient oceanic civilization.
We are building Trashlantis as a mobile performance piece, a backdrop for deep meaningful conversations with people about the myth of recycling and the hazards of living in a "plastisphere." As we comb the beaches and byways, sidewalks and highways for more plastic to build our Trashlantean civilization, we'll speak with humans about their relationship to this amazing material, –and maybe even provide a splash of hope to those who are already working towards a toxin and trash free future.
We are actively seeking sponsors who align with our message. As the race season approaches, more opportunities to engage with the public will be presented.
Trashlantis tracked in real-time
Trashlantis at Deadman's Drop in the Samoa Dunes
Our radio tracker brought a new way to engage with Glorious Spectators this past race. And it proved invaluable to me, since I had come down with Covid! I was staying away from people and exertion, so following my team on the tracker became one of the ways I participated.
The Northcoast Environmental Center
Caroline Griffith appears uncertain she should be friends with a Trashlantean at Arcata Plaza on race day
Big gratitude to our friends at Northcoast Environmental Center. They made art, supported the team, came to the start and joined in the fun! So glad you were part of the journey this year.
If you're in Eureka/Arcata, make a trashy entry for their Craft for the Coast contest!