Art Can Drive Change
Art can make people stop in their tracks. It can take your breath away with its beauty or the feelings of despair it inspires. Art can inspire people to care where words, previously may not have moved them.
‘Washed Up’ by artist Alejandro Duran is a collection of trash and debris brought together to form installations. The artist walked along Mexico’s coastline collecting pieces of rubbish that had washed up on the shore. The artist then turned this into a series of installations to draw attention to the issue of ocean pollution and raise a wider awareness about environmental problems globally.
British artist Katrina Slack creates sculptures from fishing gear that has been left in the sea or washed up on beaches, in support of the Sea Change campaign. Slack’s sculptures are a shocking visual representation of the effect of the fishing industry on marine wildlife.
It has been predicted that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the sea than fish. Artists are able to bring to our attention things that we would otherwise be ignorant of or able to ignore.
A five minute google search would thrown up at least a dozen examples of different artists across the world working hard to bring to our attention the many environmental challenges we are now facing.