Category: GEX 2016 Stories – Page 8

Moscow Clayworks

Moscow, Pennsylvania, United States—At the ceramics studio artists make clay birds filled with seeds to reseed a once grassy area—Lissa Jeannot & Frank Goryl

Moscow, Pennsylvania, United States—At the ceramics studio artists make clay birds filled with seeds to reseed a once grassy area—Lissa Jeannot & Frank Goryl

Lissa, who makes beauty throughout the year in her native Haiti, says, “The whole planet needs treatment. Where ever we are, acts of Love and Beauty are a necessity.”

Radical Beach Joy Durban!

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Durban, South Africa—For the oceans—Sonia Pithey & Janet Frangs

Durban is a City built along beautiful beaches—it is a place shared by so many—a place that provides unending radical joy.

The beaches and the deep blue sea share in our joy but also experience our short-sighted disregard for this powerful, yet fragile life force.  Without consideration we leave our litter, our plastic, our furniture, our old tyres, our nappies, our bottles, our fishing line, our disrespect and we take much more than we need—the fish, the eels, the molluscs, bi-valves. And so today we created our beautiful whale-shark… as a symbol of all life in the ocean and we gave thanks for all life. We recognised that each one of us has a part to play and that each of us can make good through our own actions.

And so we decorated our whale-shark with beauty and with fun. We shared our thoughts with the sand where we wrote our power-word—our commitment to our oceans and to ourselves. We played and danced and made music around our whale-shark with gratitude for those who felt drawn to participate and we smiled at those who observed  for we know that we cannot forever remain on the outside looking in. And so we shared our Radical Joy for our wounded oceans and for the life within them and then we danced some more.

Ocean Healing

Newcastle, NSW, Australia—Oceans affected by global warming—Glenn & Jill Albrecht and friends

Newcastle, NSW, Australia—Oceans affected by global warming—Glenn & Jill Albrecht and friends

We collected objects and detritus from Newcastle Beach in New South Wales in Australia and put together the bird symbol that is used for this event the world over. The bird was made of shells, coral, seaweed and other ocean debris. Newcastle has abundant coal seams along the coast so we also get smooth lumps of coal washed up on the beach. The coal was placed inside to bird to indicate that there is a coal mine within the lungs of this “canary”. We placed white, bleached coral inside this bird and it was a symbol of the Great Barrier Reef in Eastern Australia which is under severe threat of death from global warming. As the beach also had plastic waste we placed the plastic in the belly of the bird to indicate the real threat to marine life from plastic waste. We think the bird had a fragile beauty about it … “alive” but under threat from multiple sources of pollution. The bird and its beauty was there until high tide … and then it flew away (although we put the plastic in a recycling bin!).

Glenn Albrecht, Jill Albrecht, and Catherine Laudine

Ode to an Oak

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Wilmot, New Hampshire, United States—Clear-cut—Caroline Fairless

The site is not totally bleak, and the grief is around an old oak that was sick and needed to be cut down. It broke my heart, really, as I have sat in its branches many early mornings listening to the woodthrush(es) deeper in the woods. I invited several friends to build a shrine using beautiful materials found within a few feet of where the tree used to be. We laid our offerings, stood for a few minutes, grateful for tree, woods, and each other.

I imagine I will keep adding to this altar, as I walk here every day.

 

Galeras, Sucre, Colombia

Galeras, Sucre, Colombia—Un pueblo afectado por la violencia donde precisamente vamos a hacer el Museo de la Reconciliación. (A town affected by violence where we are creating a Museum of Reconciliation)—Diana Teresa Guttierex

Galeras, Sucre, Colombia—Un pueblo afectado por la violencia—Diana Teresa Gutierrez
(A town affected by violence )

Este pueblo está afectado por la violencia donde precisamente vamos a hacer el Museo de la Reconciliación. Podemos aprovechar el trabajo comunitario con niños, jóvenes y adultos para participar haciendo un lindo acto de belleza para Radical Joy for Hard Times.

Fue increíble participar en un proceso de creación tan lindo con los niños! Gracias por hacernos parte de esta gran comunidad global.

Ten fifteen years ago Galeras, a small community in the Colombian region of Sucre, was in the middle of the armed conflict between illegal armed groups. Nearly each family has been affected by different forms of violence, as well as the territory, landscape and culture. We are in Galeras today to create this RadJoy Bird with a group of kids and young people to share a present to a wounded earth. Our bird’s name is Pelinku, made of simple branches, flowers and leaves and recycled material. We do not need money to make art and we can transform garbage into beauty. This bird brings a message of freedom, expression, respect, love, joy, creativity, nature. We can help recovering nature by the attention and the care we give to our territory. At the beginning it was hard to see the bird emerging from leaves and garbage but we gave to the process. When the bird appeared surprise and joy arose. We felt that the bird carries a part of each of us. Each part has a particular meaning: it is like a living portrait of our community. We felt we found ourselves again.