A British national who has lived in Kenya from the age of 18 months has become a well known artist after five years crafting antique furniture out of marine debris. Andrew MacNaughton refers to himself as ‘beach comber extraordinaire’ as he spends his days searching Watamu beach in Mombasa for driftwood, flip flops or old boats.
Book cases, stools, tables and bench seats have flip flops embedded in them, showing just how spectacular the combination of driftwood and flip flops can be. There is a message behind the artists work, to convey the damage to oceans when old boats and debris are left to just wash out into the sea. Mr MacNaughton said:
“The message I want to communicate to everyone is the plight of our oceans. It is most important to continually make the world at large aware of the amount of marine debris that is washed up on our shores.”
Safaricom, the mobile service company, held the Viti Exhibition in Nairobi, and one of MacNaughton’s chairs, the Twiganoe stood out from the other pieces. The seat, along with its sister chair The Parrot, is made from an old boat. Buying old boats from their owners prevents them from ending up in the sea, polluting the water which is the secret of his business.
Antique collectors who are looking to purchase antique dining chairs in the Preston area don’t have to resort to making their own, as there are many beautiful antiques to be found that don’t need altering.
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