St. Petersburg Library Community Art Making Workshop

Our first public workshop was attended by 30 adults and youth who gathered at the St. Petersburg Main Library to take part in a day of art! We made sea flowers, sea panels and sea creatures. These items will be included in the Current Collections sculpture in Poynter Park starting October 17, 2014....

East Atlanta Kids Club Makes Art for the Current Collections Sculpture

The Current Collections artists engaged 25 kids ages 10 -15 in the making of sea creatures and plastic panels. Using google maps, youth followed an urban stream in their local park to the ocean. The stream at Brownwood Park empties into the Atlantic Ocean by Sea Island. This group explored materials collected in fishing line collection bins by Tampa Bay Watch. The materials included fishing line, candy wrappers, tin foil, utensils, and a balloon. These materials, if not collected and recycled by Tampa Bay Watch, would most likely end up being tossed on the ground and swept into the ocean by water and...

Plastic Panels Develop for the Current Collections Sculpture

Every second an estimated 444lbs of trash moves into our waterways. Current Collections reflects that movement using reclaimed coastal debris to create five branching pathways, spread over 40ft., that concentrate into the water current patterns of an ocean gyre projecting 30 feet into the air. Participants are invited to experience the piece with walkable paths, touchable materials, ruffling plastic ocean sounds and hidden positive actions for healthier waterways. Standing at the center of the piece, the optical illusion of a swirling ocean gyre of debris can be experienced. The first Current Collections  exhibit will be at the St. Petersburg Science Festival, October 16-17, 2014. Images featured are the latest plastic panel components, created by Amandine, that will make up the skin of the sculpture. Many volunteers from Florida and Atlanta will be participating in the making of the numerous panels needed totaling approximately 2,000 square feet of plastic, about 1100 lbs . The weight equals the amount of man-made debris that enters our aquatic environment in an hour globally.  ...

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....