Current Collections makes environmental art with Lovett School

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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.

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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”!
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Current Collections Sculpture Atlanta Opening Celebration

Current Collections Sculpture Atlanta Opening Celebration

Current Collections Sculpture

On Friday May 8, 2015, Embodied Energy Studio artists, Mike Wsol, Dena Light, and Amandine Drouet, celebrated the opening of Current Collections Sculpture with collaborators and friends at Centennial Olympic Park. The elegant and monumental sculpture is made of reclaimed and recycled coastal debris and spans 40 feet in diameter at the base, reaching 38 feet into the air. The sculpture is built with a multi-colored translucent plastic skin that shimmers and shifts in outdoor light. Local Atlanta citizens helped create the 1,500 colorful elements from trash for the artwork. Inside the sculpture, viewers experience swirling currents created from reclaimed and recycled plastic collected by volunteers from Atlanta and St. Petersburg communities. read more…

Current Collections Sculpture Exhibit Opens at Centennial Park

Current Collections Sculpture Exhibit Opens at Centennial Park

Current Collections Sculpture, Atlanta

Embodied Energy Studio artists, Mike Wsol, Amandine Drouet and Dena Light, together with NOAA oceanographer Dr. Frank Muller-Karger, unveiled at Centennial Olympic Park a massive, colorful sculpture created in a unique community partnership between prominent university and community leaders. This traveling sculpture first debuted in St. Petersburg, FL, in October, 2014 for six-month exhibition. The Atlanta exhibit expands the conversation to an urban environment by raising awareness of how trash travels from our streets and impacts our local waterways. The exhibit continues through June 22, 2015.

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Current Collections Sculpture at Poynter Park

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Artists Mike Wsol, Amandine Drouet and Dena Light unveiled a massive, colorful sculpture at Poynter Park created in a unique community partnership with University of South Florida College of Marine Science researchers and community leaders. The sculpture brings home the message of the impact of marine debris in a fragile environment and reveals the power of individuals to change it by creating a unique, multi-pronged approach in tackling the issue of this waste. read more…