Frogs: Invasive Species
The Idea Behind
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.
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.
Another invasive species in California and 20 states in the United States is Zebra Mussels (shown left.) "Zebra mussels are a problem because they filter water, up to a liter per day, to eat the plankton. Since the zebra mussels eat a lot of plankton, they compete with fish for food. They also clog pipes by forming colonies inside of the pipes. Then the water cannot flow through the pipes as easily."
"Quagga/Zebra mussels accumulate organic pollutants within their tissues to levels more than 300,000 times greater than typical concentrations in the environment. The mussels’ wastes significantly lower the oxygen levels, lowering the pH to an acidic level and generating toxic byproducts. The mussels have also been associated with outbreaks of botulism poisoning in wild birds."
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.
Below you can see the Zebra Mussels that I made from recycled tin cans.
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 Zebra Mussels Invasive Species in progress.