March 3, 2024


Arts Fanatics

Announcing The Tidal Shift Award Winners


The six recipients of the to start with Tidal Shift Award presented authentic and assumed-provoking artworks that engage with our climate disaster and encourage action. As a result of illustration, metalsmithing, sculpture, music, aquaculture, and vogue, these artists proved that the long term is in excellent arms, but the time to act is now.

&#147Art is, for me, a single of the most impactful approaches to distribute a information, specifically style.&#148

— Hannah Slone

Hannah Slone’s “A Costume Designed From Waste”

Hannah Slone’s “A Costume Built From Squander”

This gown was designed working with plastic transport/storage supplies. I collected them more than a month’s time period of time from the shipments the retail outlet I labored in experienced obtained. I created this gown in purchase to increase recognition of how considerably squander we make and the amounts of plastic pollution we make. I interlaced the plastic with each other utilizing grommets and sashes. The sashes are compromised of white useless-inventory cloth that I obviously dyed yellow with turmeric. I meant for the gown to be capable to slide apart with just one pull of a sash, littering the ground with plastic.

Benjamin Pochurek’s “Flora Lung”

Benjamin Pochurek’s “Flora Lung”

Flora Lung explores the weather modify threats of deforestation and desertification, and the crucial function of the person to safeguard our setting. My sculpture is impressed by early diving gear, “Aqua Lung”. Just as people formulated technological know-how to endure underwater, this futurist figure has been compelled to invent new technological know-how, Flora Lung to endure on land.

The solitary determine sits atop a lone pine tree stump amongst a broad expanse of dry land, devoid of vegetation. The determine uses oxygen from fully grown air crops to endure. I chose air crops because of to their resistance to severe problems and their need for nominal water. The figure’s posture and grip display that it is intent on safeguarding and nurturing numerous tiny sprouts in order to replenish Flora Lung.

&#147I required to deliver consciousness typically to the influence that local climate adjust has on the coral reefs.&#148

— Ellie Bouman

Ellie Bouman’s “The Colorless Sea”

Ellie Bouman’s “The Colorless Sea”

My piece was designed to deliver notice to the effects of local climate alter on coral reefs, and the value of schooling on the issue. The information of this piece is that if drastic action is not taken rapidly, most coral reefs will die off and wholesome, vibrant corals will only be uncovered in guides and images. The e book also signifies education, because men and women are most probably to acquire motion from weather improve if they are educated on the matter. The final information that my piece provides to the desk is the domino effect that the deaths of coral reefs will have on plenty of species and ecosystems. As represented by the fish swimming in only the healthier corals, if the reefs die off so will about 25% of all maritime lifestyle as there will be a absence of foods and vitamins.

Nicky Howard Rogers’ “Microcosms”

Microcosms is built up of a series of little worlds, or ecosystems, every of which are thoroughly designed to reflect distinct environmental outcomes of the current local weather crisis within just Maine. As somebody who has lived in Maine their whole lifestyle I have observed the results of world wide warming 1st hand. Regardless of whether it be in the kind of droughts my family has seasoned though farming, substantial algae blooms that destroy freshwater ecosystems, or diminished sea lifetime caused by the acidification of oceans throughout Maine.

Carolina Bragg’s “If Bees Are Couple of”

A. R. Ammons is my preferred environmental poet. His prepared snapshots of the organic globe are forthright about the peril character is in, but also about its probable for regrowth. This composition for SSA choir is set to two of his will work about a one bee. In one particular of these poems, “Launch,” the bee travels homeward. In the other, “Oblivion’s Bloom,” the bee fulfills its loss of life upon the arrival of the initially chilly. Ammons’ composing resonates currently, as carbon emissions, decline of habitat, and the pesticide marketplace induce the unprecedented destruction of honey bee colonies. I selected to reorder the poems so that Oblivion’s Bloom will come very first, soon after which the bee, possibly consultant of the whole species, finds his way house. Melodically and thematically, this piece explores the notion of household: the bee’s residence, and the property he shares with us.

&#147The function of artists, for me, [is] to disrupt the standard designs of contemplating.&#148

— Katherine Concannon

Katherine Concannon’s “What We Remaining At the rear of”

I attended a 2019 Local weather Walk that travelled Vermont to bring awareness to environmental justice. I observed the litter that we encountered while traversing freeway shoulders. Plastic luggage fluttered like prayer flags together with mosaics of beer cans embedded in the dust. However, lifestyle also flourished in this strip of borderlands involving technological know-how and wilderness. Released from tree address, seedlings reached for the sun, and thousands of salamanders dashed the asphalt to breed in downhill vernal pools.



Introduced by the The Climate Initiative and Portland Museum of Artwork, Maine.


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