Great White Shark

by Jack Marsden Mayer

Napier, NZ – March 2017


Finding This Sculpture

The shark sculpture is currently not viewable by the public. We will update its location as soon as it finds its public forever home.

Story Behind This Artwork

Artist Statement

I decided to do a shark to help raise awareness of plastic in the seas. This shark is not jumping out of the water to catch a seal as so many do. This shark is leaping out of the water to escape. It’s trying to evade the plastic that tangles around its fins but most of all the microbial plastic now running through its veins. The shark doesn't understand that it cannot actually change its situation, but it is attempting in the only way it knows. The seas are now full of microscopic plastic. It’s in the fish it’s in the whales it’s in the sharks, and yes, you guessed it: it’s now in us!

The Focus

Plastic Pollution

Take Action

Reduce your own plastic footprint by

  • Using a reusable water bottle and avoiding drinks bottled in plastic
  • Bringing your own bag, cup, utensils, straw, etc.
  • Shopping in bulk, reducing packaging waste
  • Choosing reusable and compostable goods over less sustainable materials