What Goes Around, Comes Around wins Project Aware's support to Travel the US!
We thank all of you who helped get the votes necessary to win the Project Aware grant money to take the art show across the United States. And a big thank you to Project Aware who provided this opportunity not only for the money, but for us to recognize the awesome friends POP has on Facebook. The traveling art exhibit, "What Goes Around, Comes Around", is an art initiative to bring awareness regarding the problems with overuse of one-time use plastics, why it matters, and what can be done about it. Collecting plastics from nearly 10,000 nautical miles in three oceans, the art consists of plastic items morphed into the famous print, "The Great Wave of Kanagawa" by Katsushika Hokusai circa 1830. It systematically illustrates how the oceans are very different than what Hokusai saw less than 200 years ago. The work beautifully depicts the ocean and the menace of plastics, how all of us are part of the problem, and how we are the only solution.
Like the AIDS Memorial Quilt that traveled across this country successfully bringing awareness to the AIDS pandemic, Monteleone is bringing awareness to the marine plastics pandemic through the heartland of the US from North Carolina to California leaving it on display at public venues for people to enjoy the beauty, question the scourge, and make the connection that we all contribute to this growing problem just as rivers connects to an ocean.
"What Goes Around, Comes Around" puts the viewer instantly on the ocean as they stand in front of 25' of ocean waves on canvas. Five large window panes serve as educational panels revealing the science behind the art. Five bins of ocean trash allow viewers to find the plastic pieces in the art, and a 4'x6' sculpture portrays the wave of the future if we ignore the plastic plague.
Starting with day exhibits at Cape Fear River Watch, Friends School of Wilmington, Center for Life Long Learning, Surfrider Rise Above Plastic Event, and the Wilmington Art Association, NC, the show has now traveled to 40 locations across the country. Pieces of the show have been published in the French magazine Stradda, on Ruidoblanco, Spanish popular band, CD cover, 3 book covers, and an accomplished composer's program for "Ocean Calling."
The art installation has now traveled over 6,700 miles and will continue to exhibit around the United States. A complete list of venues visited is below. To learn more about hosting the exhibit contact: Bonnie@plasticoceanproject.org
portion of the What Goes Around, Comes Around piece was featured on Lucy Siegle's new book 'Turning the Tide On Plastic'. Get your copy today!
Boseman Gallery at UNC Wilmington NC
Guilford College Gallery, NC
The Gathering, New Bern, NC
NC Cameron Art Museum
Bellamy Mansion, NC
NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Jennette's Pier, NC
Beard Gallery, NY
Johnson Elementary, NJ
Urban Promise, NJ
Kingston Elementary School, NJ
Camden County Environmental Center, NJ
Van Sciver Elementary School, NJ
Haddon Township Environmental Center, NJ
Rutgers University, NJ
McCormick's Creek State Park, IN
University of Nevada, Reno in the Mathewson Knowledge Center, NV
Community Arts of Elmira, NY
March for the Oceans, DC
Aquarium of the Pacific, CA
University of Utah, UT
UNC Chapel Hill, NC
UC Irvine, CA
NC State Center for Marine Science and Tech, NC
Center for Marine Science, NC
Crooked Creek Elementary, IN
Georgia State Capitol, GA
Friends School, NC
Castle Hayne Elementary, NC
Arts of the Pamlico, NC
Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, NC
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, VA
Women's National Democratic Club, DC
James Drake and CT3 Band, Pittsburgh, PA
Cape Fear Academy Elementary, NC