From 01 Oct 2017 09:00
To 31 Oct 2017 18:00

The Almonry Gardens, Battle

Into the Abyss: a response to Global Warming from artist Sam Peacock

In this day and age where more CO2 is being pumped into the atmosphere then ever before we feel there has not been a creative response to climate change and how humans are affecting this in a creative medium. Sam Peacock’s aim is to create an interactive and educational response to the issues that are being politicised and miscommunicated to the public this year, and raise awareness to the impact of human growth on our planet. In the light of potential political ignorance and disregard of the importance of preventing greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere that secure the lives of our grandchildren,  he would like to put forward a creative and visual response to the problems we may have in front of us.

Sam Peacock is an artist that has constantly raised awareness on the effects of human pollution on the world landscapes. Peacocks last project called ‘Fractured’ in 2014 examined at length the damage that fracking can cause to the land, waterways and air and the chemical impact on the future of agriculture and population surrounding the land. Each piece represented a potential UK fracking site with the composition displaying a brutally clear product of what could happen.

Into the Abyss:

Into the Abyss will be the next step in the Peacock’s response to climate change. Into the Abyss will be a response and elaboration on what the use of oil, coal and waste, elements that produce copious levels of CO2 and green house gasses, has on our existing environment.

The Art Works:

Each country will be represented by a metal cylinder. Sam Peacock’s array of colour development will represent the amount of CO2 omissions that are being pumped out of each particular country. The cylinders will be colour and size coded, with countries like Costa Rica who emit extremely low levels of CO2 being small steel cylinders coloured with green/blue and countries such as the US who emit huge amounts of CO2 and create islands of waste being represented by large red and black steel cylinders.

Cylinders will be laid out in the formation of the countries around the world to look like the map of the world.

The cylinders will be made out of steel representing the influence of man in the modern world and how having more urban and built up areas are influencing global warming.

The designs on the steel will be made up of household paints and coffee granules burnt onto the steel. Coffee will be representing the natural world and how natures energy is not being utilised in the correct way. It will also symbolise the very real possibility to run the world using renewable energy resources.

As an interactive aspect of the exhibition we wanted create an environment inside each cylinder for life to grow. To do this we will be planting seeds in soil within each cylinder. The number of seed will correspond with statistics of what that country is doing towards renewable energy and also how little CO2 gas they are omitting. For example, Costa Rica would bloom and flourish, whist the US would not be able to sustain huge quantities of life and growth.


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