Saturday, August 15, 2009

Raised Sea - Art

A simplified vision of the waves of the sea, Raised Sea is an intriguing, monochromatic piece that gives an abstracted impression of rising seawaters across the globe. Condensing current day environmental issues revolving around carbon dioxide emissions and the greenhouse effect into a simple symbol with just a few uncomplicated lines, this painting encourages the viewer to think about these complex environmental issues in understandable terms. Simplifying this issue is quite useful, because many people cannot understand the many factors that contribute to the rising levels of water, but the effects can be felt in a single phenomenon that is quite simple and clear.

Different levels of waves that move across the painting show the rising level of water that is the result of global warming. Atmospheric carbon dioxide traps heat and sunlight on the earth, and as a result, ice that has previously been frozen in the polar ice caps melts, sending sea levels higher and higher. This gradual process is shown by the benchmark waves that are stacked to the top of the painting. A touch of whimsy is added by placing a boat atop the highest level, a symbol of mankind floating in the rising water.

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