It’s difficult to be focused on painting and being “up” with the epic environmental disaster currently unfolding in the gulf. I find it interesting that last night in the evening news it was 3rd or 4th in the line up after our governors switching political parties, a mayoral backing of a new candidate and some other stuff, somebody shot someone or stole something, you know, big news. The scale of this disaster could be bigger than any environmental screw up we have perpetrated to date. Worse than the Exxon Valdez multiplied by countless numbers by the time all is said and done. If there is a patron saint of marine life now is the time to get your prayer circles going and ring him up. We’re going to be seeing the effects of this for years to come with the destruction of already fragile and beleaguered ecosystems. It always takes something like this to facilitate environmental change which lasts about 5 to 10 years (in 1979 the Ixtoc spill was 140 million gallons in the gulf) and then big money comes in and circumvents it. Fuckers.
At least as landscape artists our impact on the environment is minimal and maybe in some little way we share the love of nature by celebrating it the way we do. By the way, the chart below was taken from the BBC news site, I don’t know if I’m violating anyones copyright by posting it but it’s really interesting to show the size of the spill (as of 5-9-10) as compared to other spills, the largest of all, the Ixtoc was also in the gulf. Not sure how many gallons or barrels in a tonne (british) but the estimates were based on 5,000 barrels per day spilling out into the gulf.