#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. http://www.nrdc.org/nabicontest/

Bobbi Mastrangelo’s 2012 NPCW Post Card

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Bobbi Mastrangelo
“Borough of Manhattan”

National Post Card Week 2012

National Post Card Week is celebrated annually during the first full week of May. I correspond with almost two-hundred post card pen pals in The United States and abroad. Each year I choose one of my sculptures or art happenings to be reproduced  as a post card for NPCW. This year’s  image is the third in a black and white series:

2010 featured Art Carney as Ed Norton emerging from a sewer.

2011 a  Ford Water Meter Pit Cover is based on  my original dark room developed photo.

2012 is a portrait of myself in front of my sculpture relief.  Ed Norton worked in the NYC Sewers and my “Borough of Manhattan,” is based on an actual New York City Grate.  Text on the frontispiece:

Bobbi Mastrangelo

 Manhole Cover Aficionado, aka

“The Grate Lady,” Bobbi creates

paper works and sculptures of

water covers and manhole covers.

1994 A Banner Year for:

“Borough of Manhattan.”

 It complimented The New York

Hall of Science’s  summer theme:

“Deciphering the Secrets of New

York City’s Hidden Infrastructure.”

“Borough of Manhattan” was

selected for The National

Association of Women Artists’

Permanent Collection at the

Zimmerli Art Museum: Rutgers U.

Campus in New Brunswick, N J  USA.

The Grateworks Collection for National Postcard Week is  displayed under my bio/about.

Bobbi Mastrangelo- Postcards -“The Grate Works” -transforms manhole covers, sewers and grates into artistic streets capes.

Contact me if you wish to purchase a signed 2012 postcard.

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