Our Toast to the Coast

This Saturday Uproot proudly took part in Toast the Coast: a celebration of our beautiful coastline organized by Greenpeace and Dot Dot Dash. This was an incredible event with live music, interactive art, inspiring speakers, and various other activities. The weather was perfect for the event at Jericho beach with thousands in attendance.

We were extremely excited to share our contribution with the many visitors, we constructed a giant salmon sculpture, painted based on a print by Roy Henry Vickers, which he created specifically for this event. We made the installation from reclaimed materials such as wood, milk jugs, wire and unused fabric. In addition to the salmon, we created a stand for a large interactive art piece which read “Here’s to the Coast with the most. Let’s keep it oil free!”

We were even lucky enough to chat with Jane Fonda and Rachel McAdams, who were lending their voice to this important cause. Throughout the day people were encouraged to write their wishes for the coast and tie them to the rope surrounding the salmon. It was amazing to see so many people participate and take photos alongside our work. The event ended with a candlelit procession, with the salmon being carried off the beach and floated in the ocean with the hundred of wishes swaying in the night breeze. It was wonderful to connect with so many passionate individuals working towards environmental stewardship at the event. Below are some photos of the event taken by our teammate Danielle and a video of the event by Nicky Young of interviews with Mary Lovell and Melina Laboucan-Massimo from Greenpeace.

A huge thank you to Greenpeace and Dot Dot Dash for giving us the opportunity to be involved in such an exciting and inspirational event!