FAMAG 2009.38

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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.

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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.