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'Pack Mentality' by Ben Cook

Toxic Surf

Surfing may seem like an innocent enough pastime, but highly toxic chemicals used to make surfboards and wetsuits like polyurethane foam, fibreglass and neoprene cast a darker shadow over the idea that surfing isn't always as 'green' as it seems.

A new exhibition at the Eden Project this Summer explores the murky side of surfing and highlights some of the cutting edge eco-technologies being developed in Cornwall that are making it greener.

'Eco Beach' - Ben Cook’s landscape paintings

'Eco Beach' - landscape painting

Artist and surfer Ben Cook addresses these issues with his exhibition, Ben Cook at Eden, supported by Arts Council England, South West.

He said: "I want to raise awareness of ecological issues relevant to the surfing community through my work."

Using the groundbreaking sustainable materials being developed by internationally renowned Cornish companies like Homeblown Surfboards and Sustainable Composites, Ben's work includes wall-based abstract 'landscape paintings' and a large-scale installation called 'The Pack 2008.'

"I want to raise awareness of ecological issues relevant to the surfing community through my work"

Artist and surfer Ben Cook

Based on an original work by Joseph Beuys, The Pack 2008 uses a renovated surfer’s VW camper van, old surfboards, discarded wetsuits and surfwax to highlight the ways in which surfing’s toxic materials cause damage to the environment.

Arts Council England, South West Executive Director Nick Capaldi added:

"Ben's show is a great example of how the arts contribute to and raise debates about important issues that impact us all."

For more information on the exhibition:

 The exhibition begins at Eden on the 7 June - 4 September 2008.

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