I have been fortunate enough to be invited to exhibit my work at Glastonbury Festival in the Greenfields part of the site in 2016 and 2017. Below are the two sculptures I have created and their associated meaning and inspiration.
2017 The Many Faces of Climate Refugees
I created a piece depicting wire face studies of current climate refugees and people who are not. I wanted to raise awareness of the fact that massive emigration issues will occur when the climate doesn’t permit people to live where they have always lived. I wanted to give a face to climate change as it is often portrayed in an impersonal manner. I created a poster that sat adjacent to the piece to explain the logic behind my sculpture.
When I returned to University I decided to write about climate refugees and how this can be overcome with intelligent and innovative design. I explored the issues that we face due to climate change and provided examples of current and future possible design innovations.
2016 Rubbish Reefs
The idea behind this piece was to create a sculpture that raised awareness of fly tipping in the ocean and the effects on our coral reefs. I made the reef from bits and bobs found washed up on beaches.
This piece won 5th place in the 2016 Plastic Pollution Coalition prize (PPC) awarded by ‘Bow Seat’ a global Ocean awareness student contest. This is a prize awarded to submissions that best exemplify the PPC mission of working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, the ocean, and the environment. Submissions were judged on originality, aesthetics, message, and functionality.
I adapted the piece for Glastonbury by creating an ocean like undulation of plants that were grown in and on rubbish I had found. I wanted to emphasise that the rubbish we create can be used in a more positive way on land – for growing plants etc.