BOCA RATON, Florida – A visual artist from Boca Raton has been selected to create inspiring artwork for the city.
The city hopes it will remind people of South Florida’s marine life protection and recycling.
Gregory Dirr from Boca Raton was working on his latest creation on Wednesday titled, REcycled REef.
“There’s steel rebar, chicken wire, and then what you see here is concrete,” Dirr said.
Eventually, pieces of trash and plastic he picks up on the beach and from conservation organizations will go onto this piece – mosaic style to create the illusion of a coral reef.
The recycled reef will be placed at the South Beach Park pavilion along the A1A at Palmetto Park Road in March.
“It will look like a reef from a distance. Then as you get closer you will start to see the little pieces and say to yourself, oh this is something that I maybe accidentally threw in or I know I see it all over the Beach and I decided not to do anything about it, “Dirr said.” Even if you do something, it’s just a constant reminder of what you’re doing is important. “
The concept of Dirr was selected by the city of Boca Raton for their art project in recycled materials. Its goal is to bring more public art to the city and encourage creative ways to reuse, recycle and conserve.
“The idea is that the trash on your sidewalk today is entering the canals tomorrow and then into our oceans the next day,” said Andy Thompson, Boca Raton city councilor.
“Show people what might be there and what is dying all around us,” Dirr said.