Plastic bags, steel, thread
"Proboscis Paradise" is a whimsical ode to the interplay between art and nature, an ethereal dreamland where beauty and environmentalism merge. The giant native wildflower pollinators, crafted from single-use plastic bags, dance in the breeze, a reminder of the fragility and resilience of the natural world.
This installation prompts participants to reflect on the impact of human activity on the environment. The aster flowers, a symbol of hope and renewal, draw our attention to the importance of native wildflowers and pollinators in maintaining the balance of our ecosystem.
But it is the use of single-use plastic bags, collected from the local community, that adds a layer of complexity to the work. Plastic pollution, a ubiquitous and pressing environmental issue, threatens the very existence of these delicate wildflowers and pollinators. By transforming the plastic into flowers, the artist aims to challenge previous perceptions of what is natural and what is artificial. The work highlights individual and collective action by including the participation of community. This collective action reflects the interconnectivity found in an ecosystem.
A wander through the installation, invites viewers to be transported to a paradise of possibilities, where art and ecology are intertwined, and where beauty and sustainability coexist.
"Proboscis Paradise" is a powerful reminder of the transformative power of art, and the potential for change when we reimagine our relationship with the natural world.