When Golden Cap hosted the Ten Million sculpture

The Ten Million sculpture lit up at night

At the end of 2015, a sculpture by award winning artist Zac Greening entitled ‘Ten Million’ was installed just below the summit of Golden Cap, West Dorset, to highlight the issue of pollution around our coast.

The ultimate sculptress

Zac Greening says his inspiration comes principally from nature, which he calls 'the ultimate sculptress'. He works in a wide range of media from discarded plastic bottles to organic matter. 'Ten Million' was crafted in reponse to a recent report which found that we pollute our oceans with roughy ten million tons of plastic each year.

The piece, which took the form of a glowing cube, was created from over 250 plastic bottles and aimed to symbolise the scale of the problem. In place until early January, it was illuminated from late afternoon until around 9pm. It was originally installed on the summit itself but after gale force winds partially blew it over, it was relocated to a more sheltered position on the east side.

A litter free coast and sea

The sculpture was installed as part of the National Trust's 2015 Coastal Festival and also tied in with the local Litter Free Coast and Sea campaign along the Dorset and East Devon coast which is supported by the National Trust.

Helen Mann, the National Trust's General Manager for West and North Dorset said: 'Each year National Trust rangers and volunteers collect many tons of plastic bottles from our beaches. Hosting the 'Ten Million' artwork here on Golden Cap was our way of highlighting the issue of plastic pollution in our seas and around our coast and was a poignant moment in a year of celebrating the coast.'