The Great Barrier - Art installation

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The Great Barrier - Art installation

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“The Great Barrier” 

A visual metaphor of the destructive results of man’s waste, consumption, abuse of plastic and disregard of nature. 

 

Being a sustainable artist, focussing on a variety of discarded materials, it is only natural that all environmental issues make their way into my attention. People tag me on social media with waste documentaries and recycling issues focussing on plastic and paper. I have seen “Plastic Paradise” & “Chasing Coral” among some of the poignant documentaries. It's made an incredible impact on my consciousness with the realization; though I am active in a variety of local environmental groups, I am also deeply immersed in the problem! Even though I refuse plastic shopping bags or produce bags, (I carry my own everywhere,) everything is packaged in plastic!!! My realization paved the way to the installation;` “The Great Barrier.” It is the natural progression from a project I was involved in shortly before my installation idea. I was working with the Columbia Bedroll project for the homeless. Creating bed rolls from discarded plastic shopping bags. I was motivated to ignite several community-based recycling projects aimed at reclaiming materials and redefining the meaning of trash. The bedroll project used an inordinate amount of recycled plastic bags to create the bedrolls. It was generating a new kind of trash however, the handles and the seams… The piles and piles of small pieces of plastic inspired me to make the seaweed strands. As more and more components came from the recyling center (plastic cups, eating utensiles, straws and styrofoam etc,) the inspiration to create the reef starting formulating.

This entire installation took me over three months of full time work, between cleaning the materials, cutting, soldering, gluing, knotting and pulling the plastic. I would be remiss if I didn’t give credit to my wonderful husband who helped me every bit of the way with making as many paper maché barnacles as I did and cutting the plastic, helping me tie, pull and tear it and taking care of all the lighting, sound and visuals. 

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