#Mastrangelo’s Environmental Art #Earth Care: Part One (Earth Day is Every Day).

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Art and Community Involvement focus on Caring for Our Planet Earth. This is the First Blog in a three part series on EARTH CARE.


"When the People Care"
“When the People Care”

Why would anyone want to incorporate litter into an art work? When Bobbi Mastrangelo began her manhole cover art theme, she used to sweep the litter off the manhole covers before taking photos or doing rubbings. Well, the truth is that adding litter called attention to the treatment of our streets and our Planet Earth. So she composed this poem and embossed it into her hand made paper.

By now, you probably know that Mastrangelo’s art theme is based on Manhole Covers, Water Covers, Grates and Drains. Not only does her art document the visual history of our streets, but it carries an Environmental Message as well: To Conserve and Protect Our Precious Resources.

She created a walk around assemblage: “People Start Pollution: People Can Stop It.”

People Start Pollution

People Start Pollution

Part One: Cigarette Butt Litter. Cigarette butts are being dumped from a car ash tray.

Cigarette butts are actually cellulose acetate, which is man made and doesn’t biodegrade. Light weight butts easily get caught up in runoff from storms. Tons of butts land in open spaces posing a health problem for birds and other wildlife for up to 12 years. The cumulative effect of these toxic chemicals can pollute water.

Medical Waste PollutionMedical Waste Pollution

Part Two: Simulated Medical Waste.

Mastrangelo used port wine and catsup to simulate the dried blood, but the waste looked so convincing that a mother pulled her son away from the assemblage, scolding:. “Don’t touch that! You will get a disease!” 

People Stop Pollution: Clean, Paint & Plant Part Three: People Can Stop Pollution. They will clean littered areas or better yet provide waste cans, paint and plant to improve environments. The Keep America Beautiful Symbol is displayed on the waste can. Water Valve Covers are incorporated in the bases of One and Three. 
Pollution Solution
"Water?"

“Water?”

Mastrangelo also expressed concerns with conserving water in her sculptures and works on hand made papers. Ten of her “Water Cover” works are featured on the website of WEAD (Women Environmental Artists Directory). Her “Grate works of Art” have been exhibited in many important venues from Water Authorities in NY State to Florida, The New York Hall of Science, “Listen to the Earth” at Hamilton College and “Best of the Best” at the Mayor’s Gallery City Hall, Orlando in 2014.  

Bobbi Mastrangelo has garnered many prizes for her art, but she is especially proud to have been one of the eleven finalists for the  first-ever Environmental Art Prize sponsored by the NRDC National Resources Defense Council for the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Earth Day. http://www.nrdc.org/nabicontest/

Mastrangelo’s Grate Works of Art with “Best of the Best” at City Hall Mayor’s Gallery: Orlando FL

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Manhole Art exhibited with Eight Winners of Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursdays at the Mayor’s Gallery from June 14 – September 19, 2014.  See Relief Works below:

“When?” Fiber Art Relief:  31” x 23” x 3”  Here is the story of its creation:  http://www.bobbimastrangelo.com/story/When.php

” Inside 52GA-R”  relief 26″ x 15″ x 6″ “Best of Show” for “Inside/Out Exhibit” 5/1/14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is some background information about the creation of “Inside 52GA-R:”  Grate Thoughts » Blog Archive » “Inside/Out” Mastrangelo exhibits Three “Grate Works” at Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday: 6-9 P.M. May 1, 2014

Three Sewer Hitter

Three Sewer Hitter

“Three Sewers” (A Stickball Tribute) relief: 34″ x 30″ x 4″

Learn all about Stick Ball here: Grate Thoughts » Blog Archive » Three Sewers = A Home Run in Stickball

Three Sewer Hitter

Three Sewer Hitter

"City of Orlando"

“City of Orlando”

Nine “Best of the Best” artists will be exhibiting their art at The Mayor’s Gallery, 3rd Floor at Orlando City Hall from June 14- September 19, 2014. The Mayors’ Gallery is open Monday – Friday  8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.  Orlando City Hall is located at 400 S. Orange Avenue in Orlando Florida.  See the Winning artists in this blog: http://bobbimastrangelo.com/MyNews/?p=4197

If you get a chance to see the art in person, share your comments here. Please share the news with art aficionados.


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