November, 2013: The Sculpture Project Takes Form

Our intent is to allow the public to see the unseen by giving the man made debris caught in the underwater topography of our waterways and ocean visual form on land. It is estimated that 444 pounds of garbage is released every second into our aquatic environment. The sculptures shape reflects the water current patterns of our waterways and an ocean gyre. Plastics are transformed to create a visually appealing mosaic of color and pattern.  The scale of the piece is based on the amount of garbage discarded into water, creating an uneasy and, at times, overwhelming experience for the viewer. Participants are invited to experience the piece with walkable paths, touchable materials, ruffling plastic ocean sounds and hidden positive actions for healthier waterways. Standing under the center of the piece, the optical illusion of a swirling ocean gyre of debris can be experienced. Preliminary Drawings:                                                                       Plan View                                                                                   Top View   The sculpture, Current Collections, is meant to increase awareness, stimulate behavior change and inspire positive civic action. This project will take place in St. Petersburg, FL. Over a four month period we will engage youth and adults to transform some of the collected debris into artistic elements. These elements will be connected into larger components to become part of Current Collections in St. Petersburg, Florida. We will reach 25,000+ youth for a public art education experience in partnership with University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences and the St. Petersburg Science...