This video depicts a sculptural installation entitled: We Are Better Volcanoes Than Volcanoes. The piece is made of and continuously erupt styrofoam peanuts. The concept for this work is to relate the human output of CO2 via industry, automobiles, etc over the past 200+ years to a continuously erupting volcano in an effort to talk about the history, evolution, and existence of humanity as a naturally occurring process.
a. (…) humans have turned the atmosphere, biosphere, and the
briny deep into something that, until now, only volcanoes and colliding continental plates have been able to achieve. (…) Antarctic ice cores reveal there’s more CO2 floating around today than at any time in the past 650,000 years.
b. The Changes in global CO2 concentration during the past 600,000 years have mimicked the changes in global temperature. (…) studies show that globally, volcanoes on land and under the sea release a total of about 200 million tons of CO2 annually. While 200 million tons of CO2 is large, the global fossil fuel CO2 emissions for 2003 tipped the scales at 26.8 billion tons. Thus, does volcanic-production of-CO2 not dwarf that of human activity, it actually comprises less than one percent of that value.
a.(…) by tapping the Carboniferous Formation and spewing it up into the sky, we’ve become a volcano that hasn’t stopped erupting since the 1700’s.
a.-excerpts from The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman
b.-excerpt from Which Produces more CO2, Volcanic or Human Activity?, US Geologic Survey website, written by scientists at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory