Congratulations to the Art Reach of Mid Michigan Live United award recipient Dianne Ward!
Milkweed III" is a sculpture that explores our complex relationship with
the monarch butterfly, which exclusively feeds on the milkweed plant as a
caterpillar. The porcelain bones represent the destruction of habitat caused by
humans that has contributed to population declines for the butterfly.
The well intentioned planting of tropical milkweed instead of native varieties and the warming of the climate have also caused problems. The non-native milkweed may not die back in the winter in warmer climates causing the butterflies not to migrate as they typically would and this can lead to a variety of other problems for the butterflies.
The monarch population has declined 80 percent in the last 40 years; unfortunately scientists are estimating similar losses in many species of flying insects. If insects continue to decline at this rate it will have profound consequences for humanity.
“Morning Exercise” Dengke Chen
(1 of 3 pieces submitted)
Gas masks invented for protection from poison gas in World
War I and dangerous levels of air pollution are growing in use. The Great
Killer Smog of 1952 was responsible for 3,000 to 12,000 premature deaths in
London. Over Thanksgiving weekend in 1966, the layer of smog that hung above
New York City killed about 200 people. An estimated 300-405 people died during
a two-week smog episode in 1963. In 1953, as many as 260 died from breathing
the city’s air over a six-day stretch. In present, dense smog is occurred in
many cities in China, causing respiratory diseases and death. Are we leading
ourselves to an era that every living creature has to wear gas masks and
adapting to post-civilization life?
“Toxic Beauty” Gilbert McCann
Huge amounts of methane are stored around the world’s sea floor in the form of solid methane hydrates, an ice-like combination of water and methane that forms naturally with extreme cold and depth in the ocean. The methane is the result of the slow decomposition of organic materials on the ocean floor. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, around 20 times more effective per molecule than carbon dioxide.
Giant plumes of methane gas appear to be bubbling up off the Pacific Northwest coast. This gas also appears to be bubbling up from more than 500 vents on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the U.S. East Coast. This is according to new studies which suggests warming ocean temperatures are causing the bubbles. These findings could have profound long-term implications for the global climate.
“Toxic Beauty” is my depiction of methane gas bubbles working their way up to the surface of our oceans. These bubbles can be very beautiful, but upon bursting very damaging. It is very important that we take care of our planet. Whether climate change is naturally occurring or caused by human activity we need to take it seriously.
• Artists must request a piece by April 30, 2018. Artist entry is first-come, first-served. The minimum artist age is 10. *Design may be required prior to acceptance.*
• Artists may pick up pieces when notified by Art Reach that they are available.
Furniture must be delivered to host locations by June 20, 2018, where it will be displayed for three weeks.
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