We are back! Our first campaign was a resounding success and many thanks go out to all who helped us out along the way! Without you, this project would not have been possible.
Your contributions helped us buy a van, fill her up with fuel, and get her insured. We also have been able to rent a storage space in Barcelona, provide contributions to the Ca La Fou community for workshop space, power, and tools for building/clearing land.
Alas! We are in need of a little more assistance! Unfortunately there are some necessities which we simply can not scavenge. This particularly applies to safety equipment such as sets of waterproof battery radios for communication aboard, getting the trailer made legal for Spanish roads, putting a tow bar on the van, buying or renting scaffolding poles for the build and performance rig, eco-friendly foodstuffs and equipment for cooking as well as fuel for fire performances.
In case you are just coming aboard, The Junk Raft Armada is a group of artists, performers, and eco-pirates from around the world, who have connected with each other through the global Burning Man community. We are passionate about protecting the environment, community organising, and creative outreach.
It is our aim to connect with local communities in Europe to show people how waste is affecting our waterways and oceans. To do this we will build a fleet of floating art pieces, essentially rafts made from anything we find discarded by society.
We will sail down the Rio Ebro over July and August, stopping in at local communities to perform and spread our message of sustainability and to inspire those we encounter.
Awareness about the state of our oceans is growing and we are not alone in our aim to raise awareness about these issues. Helping us play our part in the waterways of Europe, will mean helping to stop the tidal wave of environmental destruction.
We are on-site now, working around the clock not only to ensure that this project is a success, but also to explore the possibility of creating future Junk Raft endeavours around the globe. This first trip will set the bar for future Junk Raft Armada voyages. We don’t want to stop here but embark every year on a new journey, inviting a new group of salty dogs to step aboard and experience alternative living. Several crew members hope to continue on board the rafts, learning more about sustainable living to spread their interest in recycling, raft building, and earth ships.
The principle of our project is anchored on finding and recycling objects from the surrounding communities and businesses for most of our building materials. We hope not to purchase anything new for the actual raft construction, instead only buying proper safety equipment like life vests, radios, fire extinguishers etc. To ensure the crews safety we will also be needing proper tools to make sound structures ( I.e. welding rods, drill bits, fixings such as screws and bolts, ropes). In order to transport all of these found materials to our build site, fuel for our vehicles will also be necessary. It is difficult to calculate exact costs, but we will economise all donations received and spend them only on our Junk Raft Armada. We hope to prove that a handful of people can make an adventure and inspire change with nothing but a mountain of trash and a little help from all of you!
For all the donations we receive, we will send you presents! They will take the shape of limited edition Junk Raft Armada cloth patches (s,m,l depending on your contributions), button badges, and hand-made bunting flags!
The crew consists of many hard working and creative souls. To learn more about the crew members, our inspirations and follow us please visit our website.
Share our links with your friends and family because the eco-pirates of the Junk Raft Armada can only set sail with contributions from landlubbers like you! If you would like to participate in the build, you are a fire performer or experienced sailor interested in the voyage, or if you are an artist that would like to assist in the junk-crafting as incentives for donations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who can’t donate can always help by spreading this page to all your awesome friends.
Thanks so much xx