Plastics: Out of the Ocean and into the Art Gallery
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 wants to bring 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 every river 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 is still on the road. Pieces of the show have been published in the French magazine Stradda, and is the CD cover to the Spanish popular band Ruidoblanco.
Last summer it was on display at McCormick's Creek State Park Nature Center in Spencer, Indiana. In conjunction with the exhibit, we facilitated a bottle cap mosaic of the falls as a community project. After completion, it became a permanent installation at the Nature Center.
The art installation has now traveled over 4,700 miles and will continue to exhibit around the United States. For a complete list of venues that have been visited see below.
Boseman Gallery at UNC Wilmington
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
Rutgers University, NJ
McCormick's Creek State Park, IN
University of Nevada, Reno in the Mathewson Knowledge Center
Aquarium of the Pacific, CA
University of Utah, UT
UNC Chapel Hill, NC
UC Irvine, CA
Help keep the show moving. Request to have the show in your city! Those interested please contact Tricia Monteleone at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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