Project: Create a sculpture no larger 1′ x 1′ x 1′ by mining something (e.g. dig up pebbles); logging something (e.g. remove a branch from a tree), or extracting something (e.g. go fishing). 

 

Project: Starling combines both strategies utilized by the other artists in this section by utilizing plutonium to create an image of plutonium mining. Thus, he illustrates an environmental blight like Beehive, and he incorporates material evidence of the problem as his medium like Eke (plastic) and Krajcberg (charred wood). Create a sculpture no larger 1′ x 1′ x 1′ by mining something (e.g. dig up pebbles); logging something (e.g. remove a branch from a tree), or extracting something (e.g. go fishing).

Research / Discussion: The word ‘extraction’ implies that special effort, skill, or force is being used to remove something from its normal location because it has value. As an example, mining is required to obtain useful materials that cannot be grown, created in a laboratory, or manufactured in a factory, which means they are non-renewable. Logging, on the other hand, extracts trees, a renewable resource. The artists in this section demonstrate that both practices can have devastating effects upon ecosystems. Through research and your imagination, generate at least three ways to rectify a problem that serves as the theme of any artwork discussed in this section. You might, for example, explore the ways logging can enhance the regeneration of trees, or mining can be curtailed by recycling.