Week Three Response – Art and Ecology

This week’s topics relating to Ecology really hit home with me. I have recently taken Environmental Biology and the issues we studied in that class brought new awareness to how i view our world and how i use its resources. One of those areas that really frustrates me in the amount of pollution in our oceans. This last weekend i had the opportunity to go to the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest aquariums in the world. My grandmother lives in Monterrey so i have been fortunate enough to have visited this wonderful place many times in my life. This time, however, they had a new very unique display. The theme was how pollution is affecting our oceans and what we can do to help, but what really caught my eye were the art installations included in this display. There were probably 15 -20 sculptures, mostly of different animals, all made from plastic items. Upon ready this plaques, i discovered that all the plastic used in each of these sculptures had been pulled from the ocean and recycled as art. I took a few pictures and now i would like to share them with you.20150119_121449 20150119_121508

As you can see, these sculptures are made from every day plastic objects that unfortunately often find their way into the ocean. Other than these 2 works, there was also a large blue whale made from all blue plastic, lots and lots of fish, and even a sea otter. I just thought it was really cool seeing that, considering what our topics in class were this week.

I see art like this and helps me to see ways in which the scientific community and the artistic communities can come together and fuse creativity with scientific facts and hopefully bring awareness to the general public. People from all over the world come to visit the Monterrey Bay Aquarium, and perhaps some of those people have never heard that ocean pollution is such a big deal. Then they happen to see a Seagull made out of plastic spoons. Naturally they are going to want to know why this Seagull is made out of spoons and by creating that curiosity through artistic images, scientific facts will be learned as that person reads the plaque and realizes what issue that Seagull is representing.

One country that has a major problem with waste disposal is India. I found the following video about Eco Art Installations in India where they are using their trash to build interactive eco art.

Through the publicity of this kind of are, the ecological issues they represent will hopefully gain enough attention so that changes can be made in order for our world to last longer. I think it is fantastic the way that artists and scientists are working together in these areas and i hope that they keep it up.

 

~Jonathan Yergler

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