8,000 square foot artwork exploring the plastic pollution crisis in the oceans
Premiere at Burning Man, followed by a journey to exhibitions around the world
NEW YORK, September 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — the last oceanan innovative and monumental public art installation by an internationally renowned artist-engineer Jen Lewin, made his Burning Man debut this week. Awarded by the Black Rock City Honoraria program, the last ocean represents an exploration of the plastic pollution crisis in the oceans, a warming planet, dwindling natural resources, and the urgency of finding a solution to these critical threats.
In line with Lewin’s previous work, which emphasizes the beauty of the natural world combined with human interactivity and the power of technology, the last ocean is a symbolic call to action on the fragility of ocean ecosystems and the growing effect of climate change. Working with Ocean Plastic Technologies, a South Africa-based company that provides a circular economy for ocean and post-consumer plastics, Jen Lewin Studio was able to source over 10,912 pounds of recycled plastic and 9,268 pounds of fiberglass. recycled glass and composites. coastal beach communities of South Africa create the last ocean.
“Forged in the dialogue around climate change and sustainability, the last ocean not only seeks to inspire and educate, but contributes to the recovery of our planet,” said Jen Lewin. “I was inspired to create a transformative experience that raises awareness of the compelling statistics indicating the decline of our natural ecosystems. Through the creation of The last ocean we hope to empower other artists to consciously create work in a sustainable way.”
The creative process the last ocean began in 2013 after Lewin was inspired by the book “The Last Ocean: Antarctica Ross Sea Project: saving the most pristine ecosystem on the planet” by John Weller. The book included a series of photographs collected from Antarctica Ross Sea, influencing Lewin’s early drawings to depict a large interactive fractured icefield to disseminate information and raise awareness of the Ross Sea.
The 250 nested platforms of the last ocean illuminate over 70,000 RGB LED lights in millions of colors as attendees move through the facility. As users move, the colors swirl, catalyzing the dynamic experience of the artwork and representing the organic and powerful nature of our oceans. During the day, the installation highlights the transformation of recycled ocean plastic with a swirling surface of blue and white particles. At night, the installation glows with vibrant, animated light, running through a rich palette of selected colors as participants interact with the artwork. As the exhibition progresses, the light emanating from the interactive platforms will begin to fade, prompting visitors to reflect on their impact on the environment. All of this is made possible by Lewin’s unique internal mesh array LED technology.
After Burning Man, the last ocean will be traveling to exhibitions around the world – locations to come.
About Ocean Plastic Technologies
Since 2016, OPT has been actively working to rethink the circular plastic economy by finding ways to recycle and reuse recovered plastics that are already in our societies. Using proprietary technology, they invent, refine and promote the use of reclaimed plastic waste in manufacturing.
About Jen Lewin
Jen Lewin is an internationally renowned artist-engineer based in Brooklyn, New York. Over his 27-year career, Lewin has honed his architectural training and a highly technical medium to craft large-scale, interactive public sculptures that encourage community interaction and play. Uniting nature and technology, Lewin thinks beyond traditional media to create connected human experiences that bring dynamism to public spaces. Existing at the intersection of art, technology and community, his sculptures highlight the ripple effects each individual has on their community and habitat, the energy of human connection and the power of Collective action.
To learn more about the contemporary artist, Jen Lewinand The Last Ocean, you can also visit: https://www.jenlewinstudio.com/.
SOURCEJen Lewin Studio