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 was covered in plastic debris.
Join us in supporting our urban city surrounded by rivers and streams and creating a conversation around the impact of urban trash on our waterways and ocean. Together we can bring to light how we can positively improve water quality and the environment for wildlife that make their home in the water. Located in Centennial Olympic Park, the sculpture will connect a million people with litter’s impact on our streams, rivers and ocean in May and June. We invite you to give a tax deductible Donation through C4Atlanta.org .
Project collaborators include: Embodied Energy Studio; 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 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.