Frogs: Invasive Species

Studio shoot: complete a Hebrew letter with recycled tin cans eucalyptus leaves attached on.
This is another complete Hebrew letter which has lots of zebra mussels attached on. 

The Idea Behind

Hebrew letter for Frog, represent for the biblical plague and modern invasive species
Invasive Species Mankind is one fo the 10 Modern Plagues

Frogs was a biblical plague mentioned in the bible. It serves as a metaphor for "Invasive Species," one of the 10 Modern Plagues.

What are the 10 Modern Plagues? I thought about that for years. There are so many issues that come to fore, but I think a modern plague has to be something caused by man. Mankind has repeatedly created problems in eco-systems around the world by introducing invasive species.

There are five letters in the Hebrew word for Frogs. Each letter will be a different kind of invasive species including an amphibian (cane toad), aquatic animal (mussels), plant life (eucalyptus), insects (bark beetle), and mankind. 

Five letters in the Hebrew word "Frogs - Invasive Species" in progress. Some of these images (below) are sketches. 

Berman-Hebrew-frog-eucalyptus-invasive

Invasive species have been repeatedly introduced both accidentally and on purpose, but by their very nature compete with native plants with serious environmental impact.

Left you can see one of the Hebrew letters for "Invasive Species" in progress with the eucalyptus leaves I made from recycled tin cans. Eucalyptus compete with native species, and create huge fire hazards with the highly flammable leaf debris, bark, and resinous eucalyptus wood.

Using recycled tin cans from consumer products is an apt metaphor for invasive species. Just like invasive species upset a healthy eco-system, an economy dependent on consumer debt and government debt is not a stable financial system.
 

 

 

CANE toad is perhaps one of the most famous invasive species

The first letter in the word "frogs" will be covered by frogs, and there are many frogs that are invasive species in California. World wide the Cane Toad is perhaps the most famous invasive species.

Further irony is that "about 40% of amphibians are at risk for extinction, more than any other group of vertebrates."  

Frogs are often a first indication of pollution, a proverbial environmental canary in the coal mine for the environment.

Stay tuned for drawings and images of the "Invasive Species" in progress


Behind the Scenes - Work in Progress

This series shows you progressively closer shots of the letter and the eucalyptus leaves that are being attached to the letter.

Frog-Invasive Species Hebrew letter

Frog-Invasive Species Hebrew letter

Eucalyptus Leaves

Eucalyptus Leaves

Frog-Invasive Species with eucalyptus leaves to be attached

Frog-Invasive Species with eucalyptus leaves to be attached

Close-up of the Eucalyptus Leaves. They are really beautiful. Buy a Eucalyptus Leaf brooch to support this artwork. 

Close-up of the Eucalyptus Leaves. They are really beautiful. Buy a Eucalyptus Leaf brooch to support this artwork. 

Below you can see the Zebra Mussels that I made from recycled tin cans. 

Zebra Mussels constructed from recycled tin cans for an artwork about Invasive Species as part of the 10 Modern Plagues 
Mussels constructed from recycled tin cans for a letter in "Invasive Species"

Zebra Mussels constructed from recycled tin cans for Invasive Species, one of the 10 Modern Plagues. Each Zebras was individually attached.

 

Below you can see the Zebra Mussels letter in progress.

Close-up view of putting zebra mussels on a Hebrew letter
Close-up-view: complete a Hebrew letter with recycled materials zebra mussels attached on.

Close up view of Zebra Mussels Invasive Species in progress.

Close-up view of attaching recycle tin cans zebra mussels to a hebrew letter.

Close-up view of attaching recycle tin cans zebra mussels to a hebrew letter.