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Use art to draw attention

December 5, 2018
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

After a recent visit to the Perez Art Museum in which a documentary exhibition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude Surrounded Islands is on display, I realized that through art an artist can make a powerful statement on any environmental issue that has a negative effect in a community. Back in May 1983, the Surrounded Islands project captured the environmental destruction that was occurring at the time on Biscayne waters. For two weeks the Surrounded Islands project, in which pink polypropylene fabric encircled around the islands found on Biscayne Bay, made Miami a focal point in the art scene, but it also brought attention around the world on what was happening on the islands through the media. Even though Christo, who is Bulgarian American artist, refuses to talk about religion, politics or other artists, he uses his conceptual art to convey to the public a profound message that affects the community.

Now on the West Coast, to have our voices heard on the red tide caused by the discharge of fertilizer laden water from Lake Okeechobee into the Gulf of Mexico, we need to use art, as a way, to alarm the public on our environmental issue that has a devastating impact on human health, ecosystem and our livelihood. Artwork that attracts attention to the disastrous environmental conditions can become Greater Pine Island's protagonist of the islands and with today's technology an environmental art project can be seen in an instant around the world. Let's not underestimate the power of art has when we use art to draw attention on an environmental issue that has a destructive impact in our close vicinity.

Cesar Sanchez (aka Popo)




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