Waste -

JUNK & GYRE: A traveling exhibit about the JUNK Raft voyage across the Pacific Ocean and how we can Solve the Problem of Plastic Pollution 

This exhibit centers on the JUNK, a raft that drifted from Los Angeles to Hawaii, through the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, on 15,000 plastic bottles. 

 

Since the 1970's we've known about plastic in the world's oceans and the ecological threats, yet the challenges to stop the flow of plastic from land to the sea have been thwarted by the proliferation and globalization of poorly designed stuff.  Ocean pollution is a land problem, and therefore all solutions begin far upstream.

The exhibit includes artifacts from the sea, such as microplastics from all 5 subtropical gyres and a boat from the 2011 Japanese tsunami. There are also face casts from prominent ocean advocates and scientists made from the types of plastic pollution problems they work to solve. They include Capt. Charles Moore, Sylvia Earle, Jack Johnson, Shidge Takada, Anna Cummins and others.

 

Ecology -

AN AFFINITY FOR LIFE: A traveling exhibit about: The Human Relationship to Nature and the Biophilia Hypothesis

Human nature is intimately connected to other living things.  We have evolved with nature. It shapes our living spaces, structures our communities, and provides us priceless ecosystem services, as well as a sense of well-being.  We long for nature when it is absent.  

 

E.O. Wilson coined the term “Biophilia” to describe the inherent human affinity for life and lifelike processes.  This exhibit explores this relationship between human behavior and nature with seven works that represent the nine biophilia values.

Some exhibit pieces include a life-size triceratops (ecologistic biophilia), a church window with bones (moralistic biophilia), and 17 animals cast in bronze and chained together (domionistic biophilia).