Art Exhibit at Bay Model Quantifies Plastic Trash at Sea
Exhibition and Artists: "Known Quantity" – Artwork by Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang
Dates: May 19 through June 21, 2009
Place: Bay Model Visitors Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito.
Price: Free, but donations appreciated. Sponsored by the Bay Model Visitors Center.
Sometimes it takes a picture to take something we vaguely perceive and give us a deep understanding. If the picture isn't a painting or photograph but a collection of objects the effect can be even more striking.
To bring home the volume of plastic trash in the oceans, artists Judith Selby Lang and Richard Lang combed Kehoe Beach in the Point Reyes National Seashore for plastic trash. Then they took the pieces and assembled them into art works that look like well-organized color-coordinated collections of objects… until you realize that every single one of them was washed up on a single isolated beach. Take the exhibit as a whole and you see both interesting visual works and the immensity of the problem of floating plastic.
Then you get to the collection of disposable cigarette lighters and think about what's inside that plastic.
It's a striking exhibit, directly related to the Bay Model's mission, and well worth seeing.
Note: Although the Bay Model's address is on Bridgeway, to reach the huge building you have to turn off Bridgeway at Marinship Way and go down a slight incline. The Google Maps satellite image below shows the large facility right next to Bridgeway.
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