Los Angeles, CA, August 01, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- With masterful skill, San Diego Environmental Artist
James Stone, 56, fused hot glass and metal into a 14-foot sculpture to raise awareness about the degradation of our oceans. Formerly on exhibit at the Port of San Diego, “Not Seen, Not Heard, But Felt” will move to the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach in August 2008.
The sculpture depicts sea life under the thin veil of the ocean surface struggling to survive among the pollution and debris poured into the waters. Using bright colors and whimsical images, the piece is boldly brought to life with mixed mediums of glass and metal. Stone shows his interpretation of fish trapped in ghost nets – nets that are cut lose by fisherman, left to float in the oceans, trapping fish of all sizes never to be released.
The Aquarium, with a mission to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems, is honored to have the sculpture on display.
"It is a great way to inspire people to protect the ocean through art," says Jeanne Brodeur, Vice President of Development at the Aquarium.
The sculpture is contracted to be on display for one year, but potentially could become a permanent exhibit.
“It’s wonderful to have it displayed where it will be shared with so many people,” Stone said.
“I designed “Not Seen” to make a major environmental statement; to be thought-provoking. Ideally Aquarium visitors will begin to think a differently about what we do and how we impact the ocean and ocean life, and perhaps change their behavior to minimize that impact.”
The sculpture’s design and composition was inspired by a recent scuba diving venture the artist took off the shores of Grand Cayman Island after a 20-year hiatus.
“I was stunned to find fields of death,” Stone said. “I was appalled at the lack of fish and the destruction of the ecosystem by pollutants, contamination and the environmental changes barren of marine diversity. I came home and I began to sketch out a piece.”
Created as part of the San Diego Port’s Urban Trees Public Art Program, Stone employed many new techniques to create a look of something rusted and worn before being pulled from the ocean. The sculpture was on display in the North Embarcadero along the San Diego Bay for a year.
The sculpture, valued at $30,000, will be exhibited in the 10,000-square-foot Shark Lagoon area of the Aquarium. Out in the open, Stone hopes visitors enjoy taking it all in and get the message about the oceans, while enjoying its beauty.
“I just want people to think,” Stone said. “I don’t want to tell them what to do. I just want them to make better decisions. Every person on the planet can make a difference with just a few good choices.”
For more information visit www.stoneandglass.com. Stone and Glass Studio and Gallery is located in the historic Bernardo Winery, 13330 Paseo Del Verano Norte Blvd, “S” San Diego, CA 92128 or contact 858-485-7701 .
For more information about the Aquarium of the Pacific, visit www.aquariumofpacific.org.
James Stone is a master artisan who combines the elements of glass, metal and water to say what is in his heart. It’s his hope that the viewer senses the relaxing nature of the underwater world, while gaining an understanding of the urgency for it care and preservation.
Leslie Anne Mogul