RUN FOR THE OCEANS
SANTA MONICA, CA
In 2015 Adidas partnered with Parley – an organization that works toward ocean sustainability through action and education. Together, they began reclaiming ocean plastics and upcycling them to make clothing and sneakers. Each Adidas x Parley pair of sneakers made intercepts 11 plastic bottles from ending up in the ocean.
June 8th, 2018 was World Ocean Day and Adidas wanted to do something to publicize the Parley partnership, the upcycled product line, and a digital fundraising running campaign to go along with their ocean sustainability efforts.
Adidas and The Pineapple Agency decided that one of the best ways to draw attention to this wonderful cause and partnership was to commission an experiential piece of art on a high traffic location near the ocean. Pineapple and Adidas concluded that the famous Santa Monica Pier would be the perfect place due to its high foot traffic and proximity to the beach.
The Pineapple Agency secured the location and went onto step two: finding an impactful artist to create a piece that would stop people in their tracks. They chose Eric Rieger known professionally as HOT TEA, an artist famous for his innovative yarn work. For Adidas and Parley, Rieger wanted to do something unique that would bring to mind the beauty of the ocean.
For his piece, he assembled strands of yarn in various shades of blue and white in a gradient from a large metal rig. When the wind blew the yarn ebbed and flowed like the waves of the ocean.
Throughout the three day activation, Thousands of people interacted with the piece. The unique nature of the art propelled people to step off main drag of the pier, and towards the installation. Subsequently, many became interested in the cause, registering for the digital fundraiser and posting photos with the hashtags #runfortheocean and #adidasxparley on social media.
1,000’s of live interactions
900,000 runners in the Run for the Ocean fundraiser
12 million km covered
750 pounds of yarn used to create art installation