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TLC office plays host to new sculpture A Bellyful of Plastic

The TLC office is currently playing host to A Bellyful of Plastic, a piece of art that is to highlight the problem of litter in the River Thames.

The work is part of the Cleaner Thames Campaign, launched by the Port of London Authority (PLA), Thames 21, Tideway and Totally Thames last year, which aims to stop the tide of rubbish that is ending up in the Thames.

Artist Michelle Reader made the sculpture entirely from litter collected along the Thames and in Grays by the PLA and Thames 21. The sculpture, which shows a shoal of smelt, includes containers, bottles, shoes and even hats.

PLA environment manager Tanya Ferry revealed that the authority collects 300 tonnes of litter and driftwood from the Thames every year, much of which is made up of plastic materials like single use plastic bottles. This in turn has a massive impact on the 125 different fish species, 300,000 wintering birds and over 900 seals in the Thames.

The sculpture will be with us at Eagle Wharf this week before she is shipped off to the Museum of London, to continue a tour of supporters. For more information on the campaign please visit and show your support #cleanerthames