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 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.