Chris Anderson is a designer/ surfer/ media artist and currently studying Graphic Design at The University of Wollongong, Australia. Trendspotting loves Chris’ latest big creative project with a green cause. With “1,000 Surfboard Graveyard” he wants to “raise awareness for the lifecycle of a surfboard; including carbon emissions, non-renewable resource consumption and
By installing 1,000 broken surfboards in the form of a massive graveyard on Garie Beach on the Australian East coast, Chris wants to remind today’s society of their heavily materialized throw-away attitude. “1,000 Surfboard Graveyard, aims at provoking new ideas, having fun, and generating fresh conversations about the sustainability of high performance surfboards,” he says. On his website, Chris also introduces other surfboard artists and their creative projects.
Want to know more about Chris? We conducted a short interview with him to find out what he’s doing when he’s not smashing surfboards.
Trendspotting: Who or what inspires you?
Chris: I am inspired by surfing and
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Trendspotting: What is the greatest invention of all times and
Chris: The internet. It lets people have the world at their fingertips.
Trendspotting: What invention would have been better off if it hadn’t been invented?
Chris: The SlobStopper, it’s a big bib to protect your shirt from coffee spills. YouTube it. (We did and what can I say? He is right! Check it out.)
Trendspotting: What are the three things you don’t leave the house without?
Chris: iPhone, Keys and Wallet
Trendspotting: What was the last concert you saw?
Chris: DJ Blackbear & Honeybear at The Little Price in Wollongong, Australia
Trendspotting: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
Chris: The ability to breathe underwater!
Trendspotting: What’s your favourite style of food?
Chris: Italian – pizza, pasta and snittys.
Trendspotting: If you could have dinner with any famous person, who would it be?
Chris: David Attenborough, for some crazy animal conversations.
Trendspotting: What would you imagine the world to look like in 15 years from today?
Chris: It’ll be overpopulated, I know that much.
Trendspotting: If you could chose any place to live in the world where would you want to live?
Chris: I’ve grown up on the Wollongong/Kiama part of the Australian coastline so I don’t have a lot to complain about. I’ll live anywhere near fun rideable waves!
Trendspotting: Is there anything else you want to share with the world?
Chris: It’s estimated that there’s between 35-55million surfboards in circulation – that’s a carbon footprint of between 9.8 billion KG, CO2e & 15.4 billion KG, CO2e - The vast majority of this which goes straight to landfill.