When I was working on Before I Grow Up, my original intention was for it to be an environmental piece but the composition didn’t work out so I redrew it in this version.
Months ago I was walking down the street after it had just rained and saw the reflection of the city in the puddles. The way it glimmered looked like fresh paint and made me wonder what it would be like to repaint the reflection of a city. What would I change? What would the future generations wish we had changed?
In other news, I’ll be at Fanime this May 22-25 in the San Jose Convention Center. As usual, I’ll be in the Artist Alley (table 623) with prints :) I hope to see you there!
From oil spills to overflowing landfills, man’s unsustainable quest to live a better life with little regard for the environment has caused a staggering amount of environmental disasters to be formed. At present, pollution is labeled to be the #1 killer, affecting more than 100 million worldwide.
And that’s not all… More than 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals are killed by pollution every year.
If these photos don’t inspire you to collect trash when you see it, it’s time to wake up.
Mexican artist Alejandro Durán uses plastic that he finds along the coast of Sian Ka’an, Mexico’s largest federally protected nature reserve, to create outdoors installations in a series he calls “Washed Up” to bring attention to pollution.
Durán, who is now based out of New York City, has identified waste products from over 50 nations from six continents during the course of creating “Washed Up” which finds him arranging the waste by color in either floral or fauna patterns and often as if the pieces of trash had been washed ashore by the waves naturally. Though the installations are colorful and gorgeous they mirror the resulting horrors of the world’s consumer driven mindset. Durán wants viewers of this photographic series to realize that the consequences of pollution reach far beyond what we normally can see.
Continue below to see more of Alejandro’s installations:
Hinkley is the location of one of Pacific Gas & Electric’s natural gas pipeline compressor stations. Upon testing, it was found that the hexavalent chromium used to prevent rust in the cooling towers had leaked into the ground, causing the world’s largest plume of chromium-6 to pollute the town’s drinking water. PG&E has since paid millions in settlements to the residents, as well as bought out much of the property, leaving this Mojave desert community a ghost town-in-the-making.
“My Sle7e Phillip Grinder used to tell me, when he was still alive, “Don’t just talk about it, DO IT! Don’t wait for someone to show you or help you, just do it yourself or you will be waiting around for ever.” I birthed my first Freedom Baby at his home, in the mountains, by a glacier creek. I hear his words everyday. He hated the Indian Reserves and loved his home in the mountains. He taught me #Freedom.
So when this ugly, nasty mining disaster happened in my Homelands, I heard his voice! When I said to myself, “I want to shut this mining company down, I want to stop mining from destroying our Homelands.” He said to me, “Do it then!” This is not just a fight against Mount Polley mine to clean up their toxic mess, this is much bigger than that, it is about managing our own lands, about taking control of our destiny, about caring for the babies, about protecting our salmon so our children could eat, this is about defending our Sacred Water so we can survive like our ancestors, this is about standing up and facing off with our enemy, the government and corporations that want to continue to rape our Mother Earth for money!!! I say #YaBasta! Enough already!
We invite you to stand with us on August 4, 2015 at the one year memorial of the Mount Polley disaster for ceremony, gathering and feast. Bring your hand drums. We will be at the entrance to the Mount Polley mine, on the road to Likely! Yuct Ne Senxiymetkwe.” -