Current Collections Sculpture Atlanta Opening Celebration

Current Collections Sculpture Atlanta Opening Celebration

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. “Current Collections” represents the kind of rotating water vortex that is, sadly, frequently found in streams, rivers, lakes and ocean. “We wanted to create something that’s more physical and, we hope, gives people an experience to inspires them to prevent litter wherever they go.” said Amandine Drouet, Embodied Energy Studio artist. “This sculpture is a fantastic, eye-catching way to highlight the threat litter poses to our waterways. Last year, the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper pulled 20 tons of litter out of the river and its tributaries,” said Jason Ulseth, Riverkeeper. “Current Collections” is part of a NOAA funded Clean Community-Clean Coast education program which engages youth, educators, and local organizations to address local littering, develop new programs and support recycling to protect wildlife and ecosystems. The exhibit continues through June 22, 2015. Dr. Alistair Dove, shares about his experience at St. Helena Island while studying whale sharks. The remote island beach located in the middle of the South Atlantic Gyre...
Current Collections Sculpture Exhibit Opens at Centennial Park

Current Collections Sculpture Exhibit Opens at Centennial Park

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. On May 7, 2015 we celebrated the Atlanta exhibition opening with a ribbon-cutting and press conference at the Metro Atlanta Chamber in Centennial Olympic Park. The premiere sculpture unveiling was last year during the St. Petersburg Science Festival. The Current Collections Sculpture and community-engagement project increases our awareness of urban litter issues, stimulates litter-reduction behaviors and inspires us to positive civic action. EES engaged 2,000 people through fun educational workshops recycling marine debris into 1,500 colorful elements for the sculpture. Developing proper environmental stewardship through experiential sculpture is an innovative and engaging way to support a healthy future for our waterways.             This monumental sculpture and project was also made possible by our  generous partners and sponsors including: NOAA; Georgia State University (GSU) Ernest G. Welch School of Art and Design; Georgia State University (GSU) Center for Collaborative and International Studies; City of Atlanta Watershed Management; C4 Atlanta; Georgia Aquarium; Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Chattahoochee Riverkeeper; Imagine It! Children’s Museum of Atlanta; University of Florida College of Marine Science; the International Ocean Institute-USA; Southeast Regional Ocean Observing Regional Association, and...

Sculpture at Atlanta Science Festival Expo

Embodied Energy Studio, creators of the Current Collections sculpture, collaborated with over a hundred Atlanta youth at the Georgia Aquarium last Saturday. Together they transformed and up cycled plastic aquatic litter into a beautiful, educational, art installation. The piece will exhibit at the Atlanta Science Festival Expo, March 28, 2015 in Centennial Olympic Park.      Elements were added to reclaimed shrimp netting from the Gulf Coast and monofilament fishing line reclaimed from Tampa Bay.                              ...

Current Collections Sculpture at Poynter Park

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.   The elegant and monumental sculpture is made of reclaimed and recycled coastal debris and spans 40 feet across reaching 38 feet into the air. The sculpture is built with a multi-colored translucent plastic skin that shimmers and shifts in outdoor light. Inside the sculpture, viewers experience swirling currents created from plastic bags and debris collected from area waterways by the City of St. Petersburg and volunteers in coastal cleanups. “Current Collections” represents a rotating ocean vortex. When people walk into the center, they experience the swirling plastic as if they were under water. This ongoing project has been designed to engage and educate the community on how litter travels and impact it can have on the environment’s health and well-being. Educational experiences and participatory hands-on activities allow for a wide audience of individuals to see how easy it is to talk about the issue, positively affect it right in their own community, and be empowered to action. Approximately 2,000 children and adults throughout St.Petersburg and Atlanta have created 1,500 colorful elements for the sculpture.    ...

Current Collections at St. Petersburg Earth Day Celebration

Current Collections artists participated with The St. Petersburg Science Festival & USF College of Marine Science in the St. Petersburg Earth Day Celebration. We had a great time meeting local science educators and community members interested in sustainability and green technology. Our ribbon made of transformed marine debris plastic was used in the ribbon cutting ceremony.  ...