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#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


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.

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s Artful Flag at Islip Museum Exhibit

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

The Islip Art Museum celebrates summer with an exhibition entitled Flag Day, on view in the museum galleries at Brookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY:  June 15 through Sun. Sept. 4. 2011.

Flag Day was curated by Janet Goleas, an artist, gallerist and writer. The exhibit explores the way flags and banners convey attitudes, beliefs and emotions.

In conjunction with Flag Day, Goleas also curated an exhibition of artists works from the Museum’s Permanent Collection which depicted flags.

This is Mastrangelo’s work from the Islip Art Museum’s Permanent Collection

Eureka Trivia Flag

Bobbi’s friend, Dorothea Johnson sent her a picture of  The Eureka California Meter Cover  which had a bed of raised stars.  Jasper Johns’  series of American Flags motivated Mastrangelo to incorporate the Eureka Stars into three versions. The first version was a        print based on the actual scene of the starry meter iron  pit cover surrounded by bricks.

The second Eureka resembled an American Flag except the bed of stars included Eureka Water.

The third creation, pictured above was the most time consuming:  all the words were carved backwards into the linoleum block printing plate. This is the essence of the message:

 Eureka is a Greek word meaning I have found!, Exclamation of triumphant achievement, Motto of California.  Eureka, port city in NW California, Eureka College in Illinois: Ronald Reagan’s Alma Mater.

” EUREKA!”  exclamation uttered by a team of international water authorities when they discovered PURE WATER IN A REMOTE AREA OF NORTH AMERICA  in 2037.

The last four lines reflect my plea to keep our water pure. I met Dorothea on her Father’s 100 birthday.   My 100th birthday will be in 2037. (God Willing)

 Eureka, the Greek word associated with discovery recalls  not only the discovery of gold, but the discovery of so many amazing people, places and resources in these  United States of America.

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