Hail: Global Warming

This album shows the plague Hail - Global Warming in progress in the studio. (This is just a test shot.) The use of post consumer recycled tin cans focuses attention on how individual actions can improve our environment through recycling and sustainable practices.  Even our oceans are clogged with the detritus of our consumer society.

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The Idea Behind

The biblical plague was hail, the Modern Plague is Global Warming.  This is an obvious analogy since Global Warming is causing more severe weather disturbances including hail. This is not finished but the over arching objective is to make the lettering look like the sky is full of pollution, while the water slowly submerges the lettering. I need to add more images in the water, and in the smoggy sky. I also want to add more turbulent water. 

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Deciding how to create the letters of water. 

I wanted the lettering to be made from layers of blue tin cans. So I drew the  watery images card stock as pattern. The hard part is keep track of all these pieces. They were layered, floating above one another.  

Harriete drawing the water images on cardboard.

Sure it seems easy. The is hard, really hard.

It seems easy to draw watery images on card stock, but it is never that simple. Doubt and torture are always the devil sitting on your shoulder.  


Behind the Scene Working in the Studio

Cutting the cardboard takes hours. When working a a project of this scale even the simplest tasks take days. (I never have eight hours to work.)  

Cutting the cardboard takes hours. When working a a project of this scale even the simplest tasks take days. (I never have eight hours to work.)  

The patterns are numbered to keep everything organizzed. I still have to decide  the tin for each and every numbered pattern piece.

The patterns are numbered to keep everything organizzed. I still have to decide  the tin for each and every numbered pattern piece.

I try to keep my paper patterns and the tins all organized so it can be layered in the proper order. 

I try to keep my paper patterns and the tins all organized so it can be layered in the proper order. 

Margot Plagemen helps with repetitive tasks where I can tell her what needs to be done. 

Margot Plagemen helps with repetitive tasks where I can tell her what needs to be done. 

Each pattern is cut from recycled tin cans with a jeweler's saw to produce the best possible edge.

Each pattern is cut from recycled tin cans with a jeweler's saw to produce the best possible edge.

Layout and quick shots help get some perspective on the project. After you've been working on this week after week for months, it is hard to gain any perspective.

Layout and quick shots help get some perspective on the project. After you've been working on this week after week for months, it is hard to gain any perspective.