What are the 10 modern plagues?
Currently I am working on an installation about the 10 Modern Plagues based on the ten Biblical plagues. Each of the modern plagues highlights current global problems created by humans in recent history, but will be impacting future generations. The 10 Modern Plaques causes viewers to consider the repercussions of our daily actions, raises awareness of larger issues, and opens a conversation for personal consideration. Below is the list of my 10 Modern Plagues. What would you consider a "modern plague?"
Click on the title of each plague to have more description and images.
|Biblical Plagues||Modern Plagues||Images|
|Blood_ דָם||Water pollution and the important of clean, affordable and accessible drinking. Water pollution is a world wide problem. 3.4 million die from a water related disease each year, five plastic gyres fill our oceans, and rivers run red with mining & industrial pollution.|
|Frogs_ צְּפַרְדֵּעַ||Invasive Species
Check out this page to see two of the letters in progress.
|Lice_כִּנִּים||Insect Born Diseases such as Malaria carried by mosquitos and Lyme Disease carried by ticks both impacted by Man's destruction of the environment.||Construction not yet started|
|Wild Beast_עָרוֹביית פרא||Terrorism (along with teaching of hate and violence) Stay tuned.... after working on this for almost a year, this is almost done.|
|Boils_שְׁחִין||Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria"Antibiotic overuse is an enormous and growing problem around the world. If left unchecked, a United Kingdom report has forecast, antibiotic-resistant bacteria could result in 10 million deaths each year by 2050 (more than the number of people killed by cancer) at a cost of $100 trillion to the global economy."||Construction not yet started but there is a lot to say coming up.
"An estimated 700,000 people around the world die annually from drug-resistant infections. If the situation does not change, it is estimated that such infections will kill 10 million people per year by 2050."
This piece is almost done. It needs a little fine tuning.
|Locusts_אַרְבֶּה||Viewer's Plaguge: This will be a tablet of paper in the shape of the Hebrew letters where people can write their own ideas for a modern plague. Sheets of paper can be pulled off the tablet...as a "Post It Note" and collected for display in another room or hallway to prompt discussion. I'd love to hear your comments about what you consider a Modern Plague. Contact me through my website contact page.|
|Darkness_חוֹשֶך||Lack of Education (especially for girls and women)||Construction not yet started|
|Slaying of the First Born_מַכַּת בְּכוֹרוֹת||Killing of First Born Girls