Today we want to dedicate this article to some works that at the same time that we can consider them art, due to the creative and aesthetic facet that they implicitly carry, they must also be considered a denunciation. An ecological complaint. And it is that the American artist Angela Haseltine Pozzi launched an interesting project some time ago at the Institute of Art and Environmental Education of Artula, inOregon one of three states located on the Pacific coast of the United States.
A penguin made from waste
Angela was born in Oregon and already comes from a family of artists and also naturalists, so she seemed predestined to carry out The Washed Ashore Project, something that can be translated more or less like “the washing ashore project”. And it is that her work has consisted of bringing together a group of volunteers with whom she is dedicated to collecting thousands and thousands of pieces of garbage that the sea returns to the earth. They have collected several tons, and then they classify that garbage to create figures like the ones illustrated in these lines.
Sculptures made with pieces of plastic, ropes, nets, wood, metals,… the most unimaginable objects that the sea spits out because they don't belong to it. So the job of this creator is to know how to appreciate those different textures and colors to conceive her creations, but not only by a mere creative impulse, butespecially with the objective of denouncing the alarming situation that the seas of the entire planet have. It focuses on the United States, but this problem affects all the coasts of the world.
A very serious problem that deserves our full attention. In fact, for his part, he says that this work will not be completed as long as we continue to pour garbage into our rivers and from there into the seas and oceans. So unfortunately it seems that he never stopped making these types of creations.
The truth is that over the years he has already made a large number of figures, always inspired by creatures linked to the sea and therefore affected by the huge amount of plastic and waste that there is in the waters And they are sculptures that have already traveled to different places in the United States, always with the idea of raising awareness about this problem. In addition, in this line he not only makes sculptures, but also prepares an ambitious audiovisual project so that his work can be seen in different forums, such as the Internet.
A mermaid made of trash
In short, an example of how art sometimes goes far beyond its most pleasurable and hedonistic side, to become a good vehicle for transmitting ideas and changing consciences and behaviors.