February 2009


I finally finished putting together the trash mosaic collages from my visit to EKES last month.  Each grade had a curriculum specific them:
Penguins, Butterflies, Sea creatures, the Globe, Plants and Animals and Endangered Species (in order k-5th).

 

4th grades collages of plants & animals.

4th grades collages of plants & animals.

 

 

 

Check out the rest of the photos here.

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On Tuesday, a NASA rocket and satellite launch failed and came crashing back down into the ocean.  An important excerpt from CNN: The $273 million satellite, called the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, would have collected global measurements of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere to help better forecast changes in carbon-dioxide levels and their effect on the Earth’s climate.

In other news: WAGM Action, the company providing maintenance service to to NASA spacecraft has cancelled its service contract today.  Company spokesman, Ulysses Nixon Trustworthy stated, “Mission accomplished.”  When pressed for clarification, U. N. Trustworthy refused further comment.  It is unknown whether Tuesday’s disaster had anything to do with the decision to end the company’s relationship with NASA.  The company website mourns the loss of such an important research satellite, stating that the public “will now never know if the myth of manmade CO2 gases holds any credibility.”

WAGM Action, a subsidiary of a conservative D.C. think tank, Wingnuts Against Global Warming, was initially founded through anonymous offshore energy shell company Cartel.  Freedom of Information Act requests suggest Cartel board members are present or past executives of the Massey Coal Company, ExxonMobile and Halliburton.

Oh Oh.

The head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a group set up by the United Nations, told lawmakers on the Environment and Public Works Committee that Earth has about six more years at current rates of carbon dioxide pollution before it is locked into a future of severe global warming.

Excerpted from: Antarctic glaciers melting faster than thought

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090225/ap_on_sc/un_un_warming_antarctic

working on Give Plastic the Boot

working on Give Plastic the Boot

Ok, so, I don’t usually get too worked up about what other people write about my work in their own blogs, but I just felt like responding to this one: ecofriend.

The author writes about the Dark Side of my work:

“Once the shoe has been exhibited in various places, keeping it intact would be hard for the eco-artist. Sooner or later the bottles and the plastic bags will eventually reach the nearest landfill and this time in more concentration.”

What?

The piece is quite solid and not susceptible to falling apart. It was actually designed as a permanent piece of art for the Timberland Company, thus should not be returned to the waste stream in any concentration. The bottles were removed from the waste stream.  But, if it were to be discarded, it is entirely recyclable. I would expect the boot to be shredded, pelletized and recycled into more plastic rather than sit in a landfill. In my region of NH, tens of thousands of plastic bottles bypass recycling daily and end up in the local landfill. My work strongly advocates for reducing our consumption of these single-use convenience items and increasing our recycling of the plastic that is used. I really do take great care to create work that has the least impact possible.  

I wonder about this a little more: hmmm… if I recycled the plastic by using it as art material, I actually save the energy of the whole recycle/remanufacture process to begin with.  Would that be even more environmentally sound?

I’m updating my art website: www.wake-up.ws to include a blog.  Stay tuned to find out what fascinating tidbits I can contribute to the world of too much information.