Current Collections makes environmental art with Lovett School

                                      August 2015, Embodied Energy Studio brought the Current Collections project to the 5th and 2nd graders at the Lovett School in Atlanta. The kids learned how trash travels from their neighborhood streets to the Chattahoochee River and down to the ocean in the Gulf of Mexico. We chatted about water vortices where trash accumulates in the ocean and what they can do to improve the health of the environment. Here are pictures of the kids learning how to upcycle plastic that they normally consider trash and turn that plastic into Art! It was great fun working with these 200 kids. Their art will display on reclaimed fishing net from the Gulf of Mexico from September 8th thru October 23rd at the Lovett School art gallery.                                                                                                                       ...

Current Collections artist speaks at Georgia Aquarium

Current Collections artist, Dena Light, joins Al Dove, Director of Research for Georgia Aquarium, and Jeff Corwin, Emmy award winning host of Ocean Mysteries, for Science on Tap at the Georgia Aquarium. A full house of Atlanta residents joined them for a conversation about the impact of marine debris on ocean life and the use of public art to create innovative dialogue with the larger public about this pressing problem in the ocean. It was an exciting opportunity to “talk trash”!...

March, 2014: Material Collection Begins

Thanks to Keep Pinellas Beautiful, The Great American CleanUp brings in 2.7 tons of marine debris. The last shoreline clean up was 6 months ago. We are able to sort 1 ton of the debris and recover plastic bottles, plastic food containers, styrofoam, plastic flip flops and plastic toys. The most surprising finds: A watch that was still working and a clock with the sounding alarm. In the studio, we started developing the process to create the plastic bag panels, Sea Flowers, and plastic bottle creatures, Crustaceans.These components will be made by the artists and the St. Pete community. The artists will collect these components and transform them into the sculpture’s membrane. We will be posting directions to make these components on-line and training art leaders to make the components with the community in May.    ...

February, 2014: Road Trip to St. Petersburg, Florida

Mike, Amandine and Dena head to St. Petersburg, FL to meet with our new friends and partners: The University of South Florida College of Marine Sciences, the St. Petersburg Science Festival, Girls Inc Pinellas County and Keep Pinellas Beautiful. We develop a few more partners along the way, thanks to the Science Festival: The Dalí Museum and a local arts supporter. It’s a wonderful trip. The project is well received and the excitement amongst all of us builds! The Dalí Museum provides museum space to bring community together at the end of the summer on September 13, 2014. With the community, we will assemble plastic art components that they have made into large panels for the sculpture. Among the exciting developments: We visit the grounds where the St. Petersburg Science Festival is held and decide on the location where the sculpture will be exhibited, Poynter Park. Keep Pinellas Beautiful agrees to allow us to use some of the reclaimed debris their 200+ volunteers collect on The Great American Clean Up Day, March 15, 2014. Additionally, they will be provide recycled materials through 150 teen enrolled in their Bright Futures service program. We find some inspiration…wildlife    ...

January, 2014: Developing Funding, Exhibitions and Community Partnerships

It’s a busy month writing funding applications for submission to Georgia State University, CENCIA foudation and the Black Rock Arts Foundation. A plan to exhibit the sculpture to the Georgia State University Campus in downtown Atlanta, GA for Earth Day, 2015 develops. A campus lecture series will engage the community on ways social actions in Atlanta affect southern aquifers, waterways and the ocean. The International Ocean Institute – USA will speak at the lectures. There is a 32,000+ campus population and 120,000+ residents and office workers in the surrounding area. Additionally, an art gallery show exhibiting work by Georgia State University Art & Design students on environmental and social themes will occur. Youth program partnerships develop to engage 100 youth, ages 10 to 15 years old, in the project. Partners include Girls Inc. Pinellas County, FL,  East Atlanta Kids Club, Atlanta, GA and the Friends School, Decatur, GA. Youth will engage in a collaborative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) project. The project will focus on marine science and recycling waste management engineering. Participants ages 10 to 15 years old will construct pre-design sculpture components and, using their new knowledge, generate messages that will be woven into the sculpture....