Species Encounter: Dive In!, an interactive installation is an allegory for the plastic we consume ending up invading the seas and oceans, being absorbed and eaten by many different marine species and threatening them. In the installation, the animals shapes of fish (like lanternfish and opah), sea turtles (like leatherback sea turtle and hawksbill turtle) and marine mammals (like harbor seals, sperm whales and dolphins), are made of recyclable cardboard. The center of each shape is filled with recycled plastic packaging.
When you look at the ocean from the beach it mostly looks stunningly beautiful.
Yes. But billions of pounds of plastic can be found in the oceans around the globe.
Plastic pollution has become a growing plague, clogging our waterways, and damaging marine ecosystems. 44 percent of all seabird species, 22 percent of cetaceans, all sea turtle species and a growing list of fish species have been documented with plastic in or around their bodies. Most of what we eat, drink, or use in any way comes packaged in petroleum plastic - a material designed to last forever, yet used for products that we then throw away.
Seeking out alternatives to the plastic items that we rely on is an absolute necessity.
Species Encounter: Dive In! is a special video collaboration with video artist Drew Detweiler.
The installation was presented at subZERO festival in San Jose in June 2014 and during GLOW a Festival of Light at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History in October 2014.
Link to a Flickr folder with photos of the installation: http://bit.ly/1pGLcq9
Link to a blog post: wp.me/p58kn7-1hX