Thursday, December 27, 2012

Glad Tidings

Glad tidings…from Kehoe Beach

We are sure glad about what transpired this year. We are grateful to the many enthusiastic supporters who helped us spread the word - our beach plastic project has educated and entertained from Kehoe Beach to Zürich, from Monterey to Tbilisi.

Special thanks to the special people who helped our story go far and wide.

We started 2012 with Masterpiece Made of Trash for the Travel Channel series Bizarre Collections.

Mike Leonard from CBS produced Oceans and Art that premiered on the Today show- yes, that TODAY show first-thing-in-the-morning If you missed it live it is now available on Vimeo. 

Via SKYPE we were live on prime time Tokyo WOWOW TV. No, we have not yet found any tsunami plastic but we do find plastic from Japan all of the time.

The Plastic in Question graced the 1st, 4th and 5th floors of the San Francisco Public Library-Main Branch. The library staff was a dream of a team to help us refigure our blog into reader friendly text panels that were perfect for the library going public. 

We were Washed Ashore, the cover story in the summer issue of National Parks magazine. 

One Plastic Beach is the little movie that could. To date it has had quite an Internet presence with 143,100 hits on Vimeo. All year it’s been on the road, traveling throughout the US with Mountainfilm in Telluride and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.

And thanks to Teknion we have been on the road too. We presented Indra’s Net our power point to workshop participants at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Newseum in Washington D.C. 

Our Kehoe Beach nurdles or "Mermaid's Tears," as they are more poetically named, are included in Out to Sea? that opened at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich (Museum of Design Zurich) and has now moved on to Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg until March 31, 2013

"The Ghost Below" opened December 1 at The Marine Mammal Center. Our looming nine-foot "monster" made from ghost nets and derelict fishing gear from the stomach of a beached sperm whale is the first in a series of exhibitions and events to highlight the problem of marine mammal entanglement. 

June 1, mark your calendar
The Oakland Museum has been under construction for a long time – when the natural science area is completed it will be the first time in five years that all areas of the museum will be open. Plan to visit the art, the history AND the nature on June 1, 2013. You can see our installation The Great Conveyor in the Cordell Bank area.

March 22, mark your calendar
We have of late turned our attention to a somber bit of plastic jetsam. Through the years we have amassed quite a collection of toy soldiers. When we look into their tiny faces we are amazed by their expressions. Wracked by a long life at sea, some of the faces are gnarled, chewed on, abraded by the sand. Each is a poignant reminder of the ravages of war. March 22 – April 28 we will present The True Cost of Plastic at Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station. 

Seems like Kehoe Beach is not going to be plastic-free anytime soon so until then we will be doing our best to do something about it. Our most important effort is stemming the tide. Stopping the plastic before it even gets to the beach. Re-thinking everything, every piece of plastic we use and asking ourselves- do we need this?

1 comment:

  1. From a sister plastic and styrofoam picker-upper-- Thanks for your creativity and fun loving artistic endeavors with this endless supply of what one might call garbage if he or she weren't an artist.