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Pam Longobardi: At first, art imitates life…

March 31 2008 | Jim's Blog,
by Jim

"At first, art imitates life. Then life will imitate art. Then life will find its very existence from the arts." - Fyodor Dostoevsky



I'm drawn to art, all kinds of art. It doesn't matter if it's in the Musée d'Orsay or something one of my kids created. I simply love the idea behind creating something new, I think we all do.

Our mission speaks to all people. Of course this includes artists. In the past I've pointed to artists just as I've pointed to activists, events and institutions. This is simply an extension of my mindset that we need all hands on deck to create and sustain a meaningful coastal environmental movement.

Pam Longobardi makes art with found objects in coastal areas. Anyone that has spent ample time around beaches knows that there is an ample amount of material for her to work with.

Check her
site.

Her newest project:

Sunken Garden Park Project- Pam Longobardi, Joe Peragine and Craig
Dongoski

The installation in Sunken Garden Park will consist two distinctly
different parts that will be linked. Both elements will be
constructed primarily of recycled water bottles. A community outreach
will focus on getting the neighborhood to donate their plastic
bottles and in turn help to construct the pieces. Additional bottles
will be "borrowed" from city recycling sources for the length of the
installation. Aesthetically the goal is to transform these ubiquitous
objects into beautiful and ephemeral objects. With the backdrop of
the ongoing drought, the installation aims to heighten awareness and
generate conversation about global warming, water conservation and
recycling.

In the large open section of the park near Rock Springs Road we will
create an oversized Igloo out of plastic water bottles (15-20 ft
diameter). The infrastructure will be constructed of 3/8" metal bar.
The clear plastic skin will give the fleeting sense that one is
looking at a structure fashioned out of ice. In the water catchment
basin of the stream running through the nearby nature trails, a web
sculpture will be constructed also of plastic water bottles,
approximately 20 ft. in diameter. This sculpture, resembling a
spider web, will hover over the stream, identifying waterways as the
primary vector of travel for plastic pollution that ultimately ends
up in the ocean. This second sculpture creates a ‘trap’ for the
plastic, reiterating the connection between human activity and
nature, as well as between the land and water. As the pond empties,
becoming ultimately dry if the drought progresses, the irony of
buying imported drinking water underscores the need for water
conservation.



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