|CONCENTRICITY -Flip-Flop Mosaic|
|Andrew with another of his creations|
Andrew is not alone in his efforts to collect the marine debris that is washing ashore on the beaches of Watamu. As his art work has gained in notice, and the problems of marine pollution have become better appreciated by local people, businesses, hotels and environmental groups, Andrew has become an ambassador for the Watamu Marine Association's Community Waste Collection and Recycling Project. The Watamu Marine Association (WMA) is an organization developed with the mission of promoting community development and empowerment, while at the same time advocating for the protection and preservation of Watamu's marine ecosystems. Andrew and the WMA partner to both help clean and preserve the beaches of Watamu (a sea turtle nesting beach and popular tourist destination) and at the same time provide the raw materials for his continued creations. The WMA assists in employing women and disadvantaged young people in the regular collection of beach and village garbage. These same groups then sort and separate the marine pollution collected resulting in recycling of this gathered "trash." Items like flips-flops will be further sorted and set aside to be used by Andrew.
|Sorting the beach collected "raw" materials for use|
Additionally Andrew also partners with other WMA members from a local artisan co-op helping to train individuals to make additional items from the flip-flops that can be sold in the tourist markets. This collaboration has led to a local economy being generated around the collection and repurposing of marine pollution.
|Andrew presenting Jack Johnson with a marine debris "Guitar"|
|RUSH of BRUSHES to the SEA|
Toothbrushes collected from the Watamu Beach
|Close up of the above|
|"Guitar-Fish" beach collected driftwood inlaid with flip-flop|
|Furniture from Driftwood inlaid with Flip-Flop|
|Large Flip-Flop Outdoor Globes|
|"King Simba Malapa" - Lion commissioned by Born Free Foundation Predator Project|
|Students Learning from Andrew|