Machinery 

Pathfinders Exhibit  

 

The exhibit Machinery is currently on display at the Glace Bay Library in honour of World Water Day however, due to unprecedented circumstances the world as we know it is on sick leave so, we present to you an online gallery showing of: Machinery

 

How do you have in depth, scientifically accurate conversations with youth about the realities of climate change without inspiring anxiety? Luckily, while it’s true that humans have created some rather large disasters, we are also quite intelligent. We can create solutions. In fact, we do it every day. And creating art is wondrous tool to dismantle anxiety.

 

After a deep conversation about water and climate change, the United Nations’ theme for World Water Day 2020, we asked the Glace Bay Pathfinders to think outside the box. “If you could invent anything, any manner of machine, to provide solutions to water access barriers caused by climate change what would you invent?”

 

With their great ideas from outside the box we put tools in their hands and set to work actually deconstructing boxes. The young women took apart broken jewelry boxes, clocks, VCRs, books, cameras, etc. and used the parts to create sculptures of their solutions. They removed hinges, added hinges, removed doors, and lined drawers, while we drilled and provided supports for their designs. The results? Well, please enjoy this online gallery exhibit of Machinery, and see for yourself.

Click on Gallery below for enlarged images and descriptions of each piece. 

beautiful blue ocean
beautiful blue ocean

Brianna Materials: jewelry box drawer, sand dollars, beads, clamshells, crafted starfish, paint, paper, gold metal, moss, rocks, buttons… The ocean should look like this, balanced and healthy. If we reduce our use of single use plastics like plastic bags, and drink tap water instead of bottled water, we can help reduce plastic pollution.

deep sea
deep sea

Brooklyn Materials: jewelry box drawer, pearls, fabric scraps, paint, seashells This project shows show the ocean should be: clean water, healthy fish and shellfish. When I made this I thought about the beautiful ocean without pollution. We could get the ocean back to health if we use less plastic, like water bottles, properly dispose of hazardous materials, and pick up litter near beaches. Let’s use eco-friendly products!

messy winds
messy winds

Makayla Materials: beads, old ornament, permanent marker, paper This project shows what it’s like for a person stuck in a windstorm of thoughts about what’s good and bad in this world. They are lost and crying to know the deep truth that lies in the changing world we live in. It can be difficult to come to terms with the tasks ahead of us. Using art to cope helps us to work through our thoughts and fears.

beautiful blue ocean
beautiful blue ocean

Brianna Materials: jewelry box drawer, sand dollars, beads, clamshells, crafted starfish, paint, paper, gold metal, moss, rocks, buttons… The ocean should look like this, balanced and healthy. If we reduce our use of single use plastics like plastic bags, and drink tap water instead of bottled water, we can help reduce plastic pollution.