Bolinas Museum features Ocean Wonders & Wellness exhibits.
Like Diamonds, Plastic is Forever wearable art by Judith Selby Lang (Image below)
Four exhibitions open September 27th at the Bolinas Museum in California. All are inspired by the wonder found within the seas and the impact of human consumerism on the health of the world's oceans and all that depend on it. Like Diamonds, Plastic is Forever wearable art by Judith Selby Lang, is one of those exhibits. Judith explains her exhibit:.
"The North Pacific Gyre - a swirl of plastic debris in the ocean has been described as an island of trash, some say the size of Texas. Folks ask- why don't they just go and clean it up? Who is this they? If they could remove the heap of trash from the ocean they would put it where?
Scientist and engineers, teams of brilliant people, are designing high and low tech clean-up schemes from vacuuming the surface of the ocean to trawling deep to retrieve the accumulation from the ocean floor. Unfortunately all of the ideas, albeit sincere, have serious drawbacks - the problem of by-catch and removing the vital plankton along with the plastic.
My scheme is to consciously create the conspicuous consumption of plastic by making beach plastic jewelry a status item. As with rare gems, the value of pelagic plastic will increase, making it so valuable that pirates and swashbucklers will trawl the seas seeking treasure.
Scarcity can also be a multiplying factor in the creation of value. When oil resources are depleted, people will look to mine existing plastic and extract the hydrocarbons. An increase in the value of the plastic bits floating in the ocean could make for a contentious situation. Imagine the Great Pacific War of 2050 where nation against nation are trying to clean the mess up.
A fun way to mitigate the bad news about the state of the oceans - make plastic pollution fashionable. Come on, let's mine the depths with good humor. My jewels and gems will be on display at the Bolinas Museum, September 27 - January 4. Come on, it will be great to see you there."
Other exhibits include Nudibranchia: Butterflies of the Sea paintings by Isabella Kirkland, Midway: A Message from the Gyre photographs by Chris Jordan, Pop up shop: Water related items.