About the project

The City of Austin and Keep Austin Beautiful are partnering up to present a new creation by Austin artist George Sabra. The work, Plastic Storm Sculpture, large scale public sculpture is a 14' high storm funnel made out of reclaimed plastic bottles, cups, jars, and caps which represents the massive "storm" of plastic waste humans generate on a daily basis. The work will be unveiled on December 31st 2012 as part of the Austin's New Year event on Auditorium Shores. This project intends to raise worldwide awareness among citizens regarding the waste and hazards of the use of plastic and the damage it does environment. Much of this damage is caused from the fact that many types of plastics are unable to be recycled and therefore wind up in landfills and oceans where they don't biodegrade. By creating something beautiful out of plastic bottles, Sabra hopes to inspire people to think about the amount of plastic waste they generate and make a resolution to reduce and reuse more in 2013 and beyond.

About Austin's New Year

Anyone, Any Dream, Anything's Possible. Austin's New Year (ANY) is a free event on Auditorium Shores for the Austin community to welcome in the New Year. ANY is an alcohol free and family-friendly alternative to traditional New Year's Eve celebrations with family-friendly entertainment that showcases Austin's rich and diverse creative culture and concluding with a family fireworks finale. This New Year's Eve will mark the third year for Austin's New Year.

About George Sabra

Austin based Artist George Sabra is an internationally recognized sculptor that works exclusively with reclaimed and discarded materials for twenty seven years. He is committed to raising global awareness of environmental preservation and renewal through his actions and his art works.

About Keep Austin Beautiful

Keep Austin Beautiful (KAB) is an Austin based nonprofit whose goal is to clean, beautify and protect the Austin environment through physical improvements and hands-on education.


On dislplay at SXSW on Thursday March 7, 2013 through Tuesday March 12, 2013