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Global Recycled Plastic Art Challenge – Launch Event

Thursday, October 1

The 38 degrees north latitude runs through the center of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the world’s largest ocean “gyre” of plastic debris. In response to this environmental disaster, the Visions of the Wild Festival is sponsoring the Global Recycled Plastic Art Challenge. We are calling on young people from all around the world who live between the 37 and 39th degrees north of the Equator. The challenge is rescue plastic trash of any shape or size and make art from it.

Our program features artists who have been making art out of plastic (and other materials) for decades. Please join us as we kick-off the challenge and spread the word around the world.

Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang, One Beach Plastic
Shannon & Kathy O’Hare, Obtainium Works

About the Presenters

Since 1999 Richard Lang and Judith Selby Lang , as a collaborative team, have been visiting Kehoe Beach, Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California ( 38.15552, -122.9488) . They have rambled 1000 meters of tideline of this one beach hundreds of times to gather plastic debris washing out of the Pacific Ocean and from this one beach have collected over two tons of material. By carefully collecting and “curating” the bits of plastic, they fashion it into works of art that matter-of-factly show, with minimal artifice, the material as it is.

With lively banter and good humor Richard and Judith tell a love story about what they discovered on their first date and the romantic adventure that ensued. And they tell about the place and the plastic that has become their life work. Although the news about plastic pollution is dire, they bring the excitement of scouting for treasures and the pleasure of the creative life to an otherwise difficult topic. They live in Marin County on the 38th parallel.

Shannon and Kathy O’Hare are the proprietors of Obtainium Works ( 38.09827, -122.25279), the home base of the Hibernian Academy of UnNatural Sciences, based in Vallejo, California. It is an on-going Do It Yourself (DIY) group of tinkerers, gearheads, and steam bohemians who fabricate art out of repurposed industrial detritus. We call it “Obtainium.” We are loosely based on the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, and other Victorian-era writers who created an imaginary world where steam technology was considered cutting edge and brave explorers could be propelled by gun powder to the moon!