Maxwell, Georgina: Butts on the beach, signed and dated 2008-2009, photographic print (artist's proof), 55.5 x 61 cms. Purchased with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the Darwin 200 celebrations.
Many cigarette ends stamped out in gutters get washed out to sea by the drainage system. 1.9 million cigarette ends were recorded in a survey in 2006 from beaches around the world (Ocean Conservancy, 2007). Each cigarette end contains many toxins that leach into the ocean water and into the stomachs of marine life.