Council art campaign targets tossers at Wollongong Harbour

Colourful reminder: Each 3D chalk mural  - like this one on Endeavour Drive which captured the attention of Felicity and Chloe Baker on Monday - comes with a message to "Bin it for a litter free Wollongong". Pictures: Sylvia Liber.
Colourful reminder: Each 3D chalk mural - like this one on Endeavour Drive which captured the attention of Felicity and Chloe Baker on Monday - comes with a message to "Bin it for a litter free Wollongong". Pictures: Sylvia Liber.

A series of colourful ocean creatures has popped up on the pavements around the Wollongong Harbour foreshore, in an effort to highlight the damage beachgoers can do to the seaside environment if they don’t remove their rubbish.

Chalk installations, showing an octopus tangled in cans and cigarette butts, a cranky gull watching litter wash down the drain or a pelican caught up in a piece of fishing line, are part of a temporary NSW Government and Wollongong City Council “Hey Tosser” campaign.

An image next to Levendi’s fish and chip diner also features a man tucking into a fishy meal filled with small bits of plastic and another artwork shows a snorkeler surrounded by flotsam.

The murals were painted by US-bron Sydney-based artist Rudy Kistler, who is known for his 3D art and has exhibited across Australia as well as in Japan and the USA.

According to the council, the pop up art campaign is designed to remind people to dispose of rubbish correctly, in an effort to reduce the eight million tonnes of litter and plastics goes enter the oceans and waterways each year.

The pictures are made of a special formula of chalk that should last between four and six weeks, the council says.