Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Three Bags Full



Judith writes:

After the onslaught of winter storms with days and days of rain, the uplift of sunshine was almost too brilliant for eyes that had gotten accustomed to the clouds of grey. And we could not believe our eyes that, except for two birders with a scope who were there for a quick check on the nesting Peregrin Falcons, all afternoon we were the only people at Kehoe Beach.

A trip to the beach with Rebecca DiDomenico is always an adventure. She is a source of abundant enthusiasm, a font of wisdom, plus meanders the beach with a similar pace and is keen to be on the hunt for plastic and for inspiration. 

These jellyfish and sea-creatures made with mica are part of her latest art exploration.The filigree of the patterns were rasterized then cut on a laser cutting machine.




She writes on her website: 
The mica veil creates a similar intimacy, a delicate screen unfolding with its own symbolic language, a curtain rising from the stage of life, revealing only parts at a time, a tender membrane hiding deeper metaphysical questions.


Do we perceive in tiny bits of information, because otherwise so much beauty would knock us over? Like the French poet, Paul Valery, who wrote, “ Man’s great misfortune is that he has no organ, no kind of eyelid or brake, to mask or block a thought, or all thought, when he wants to.” It seems we need to be able to temporarily turn off the bombardment of stimuli, in order to re-emerge with new eyes.

For more Rebecca wonderment: Here

From a distance it looked as if there was no plastic on the beach but, since we are both slueths extraordinare, in just a few hours, we had collected three bags full. All the regular stuff was there including 15 shotgun wads. Now, thanks to the activist folks at Surfrider SF we have a place to post our ubquitous finds on their Shotgun Wad Watcher. Surfers are awesome folks who care deeply about the health of the ocean. They are keeping a tally of plastic hunting detritus with the idea that just showing the quantity will prompt action to change the composition of wads from plastic to biodegradable. 







Kehoe Beach is a field study destination for geology classes who are interested in viewing the Laird Sandstone and monumental events that gave shape to the cliffs and the coast. Slaking off the cliffs are microscopic skeletons of diatoms and single-celled plankton that once floated in the sea. And who doesn't love to see the effects of the San Andreas Fault where the tectonic plates smash one against another. To find a Tricertops in these here strata would be rare indeed but finding this diminuative Dino made geologic history.


1.25" x .5" x .375"



Sunday, May 26, 2019

Recycle Ryoanji

Judith writes:

What's old is new again.
While clearing my old computer, tranferring files to my new, I discovered some photographs of a project that deserves to be revisited.

Recycle Ryoanji graced the Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco for 10 days, April 14-24, 2007. I look back at these pics with amazement as I think about the hundreds of people and the over 6,000 white plastic shopping bags who helped make this installation possible. I never could have imagined the numbers of cities, states, countries that have banned or placed a fee on single-use plastic bags. National Geographic reports that now some 127 nations have bag regulations.




Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Cooper Hewitt Cool

Here's the exciting news from our friends at Cool Snow Globes. "Nature" opens at Cooper Hewitt in NYC this Friday, May 10 until January 20, 2020. We are thrilled that our beach plastic sculptures will be there to represent Kehoe Beach and the problem of plastic pollution. The globes are available for purchase online HERE.

CSG Acknowledges Children and Climate Change

 

“NATURE—COOPER HEWITT DESIGN TRIENNIAL” WILL EXPLORE DESIGN’S ABILITY TO ADDRESS CRITICAL ISSUES SURROUNDING NATURE, CLIMATE AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Vermont based CoolSnowGlobes has collaborated with One Beach Plastic in California, to create a series of limited edition snowglobes. Each interior contains a unique sculpture constructed from pieces of discarded plastic found on a beach in Northern California. The collection consists of 60 individual pieces arranged in groups of 10, based on the six colors of the color wheel. 

"The 2019 Triennial will confront humanity’s biggest challenge yet—climate change—and asks all of us to reevaluate our relationship with nature. Opening the Triennial simultaneously on both sides of the Atlantic will amplify that message and paves the way for leaders and communities from all sectors to engage with design in this important dialogue.”

The globes retail for $125 and may be purchased at the Cooper-Hewitt Gift Shop.
Recipient of Our Donation of the Month:
The Association of Children’s Museum’s, Champions of children’s museums worldwide.
This year’s conference is called FEARLESS! And CoolSnowGlobes donated over 1000 sets of our mini cactus and mini bug snow globes as gifts to the attendees.
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