It's been a while since I've talked about interdisciplinary environmental art, though I'm always using this term to describe my own creative antics. I've blogged several times about art that inspires me, my degree program at Goddard, and my internship with artist Pam Longobardi. Recently, with the news about Hawaii's state-wide ban on plastic, and LA becoming the largest city to ban plastic bags, I've been really excited. I already blogged about this over at my Keeper of the Zoo blog.
Change is happening out there, and I truly believe that the arts are playing a very important part in creating that change. Art in all it's forms can carry powerful messages that are difficult to ignore. Far more difficult to ignore than statistics and facts. Art, if done well, touches people's emotions, allowing the message it carries to resonate, where facts and figures and fear mongering just don't. There have been numerous world-wide art projects centered around plastic marine debris, now. It's thrilling for me to see the evidence that they're working, and people are being inspired to implement change.
There's one statistic people have been ignoring for far too long. About 300 million tons of plastic is produced each year and yet less than 10% of it is recycled. I'm not sure how that is ignorable, but thank goodness there are artists making the effort to educate people about it.
Art is always best experienced in person, but since we can't all get on a bus together and head to the nearest installation, I thought I'd share a video about The Washed Ashore Project, led by artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi. She gathered 1000 volunteers to clean up 3.5 tons of marine debris off twenty miles of beaches. Then, she created interactive art installations for children with it. It's amazing stuff. This, my friends, is art at its finest!