The following pieces of art were submitted to the Alameda High School EarthTeam in response to the group’s call for art which depicts an environmental problem, or one that shows your personal feeling/experience in nature.
– Liem Nguyen
In the midst of sheer beauty,
In the majestic mountains,
In the vast canyons,
In the infinite waters,
In the moments of awe,
In the stillness,
I ask –
Why don’t they respect the trees?
This was inspired by the almost horrific picture of Peanut the turtle. After twenty years of being stuck in a plastic ring off of the top of a soda can, the damage was irreversible. Trash in our oceans is a huge problem with the gyres that have been growing in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and have a profoundly negative impact on marine wildlife. People think that throwing a couple objects on the ground have little or no consequences, but hopefully this jarring visual will convey the danger of littering.
“Nature is not always tricked in holiday attire, but the same scene which yesterday breathed perfume and glittered as for the frolic of the nymphs, is overspread with melancholy today. Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. To a man laboring under calamity, the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
This triptych of photos is a visual manifestation of my experience with nature in a suburban environment. Alameda puts in some effort to incorporate a fair share of plants in its environment yet it too often feels artificial and sparse. Regardless, it is important to me to recognize the inherent beauty that lies within all of nature. As Emerson points out, nature has a way of adapting to the human condition, thus remaining one of the most resilient forces in our lives. My triptych depicts the elements of this relationship. It is the small, personal moments of interaction with nature that mean the most to me, not necessarily a grand facade of vegetation. Whether it is a few branches with leaves on them, or a plain field, these subtle elements of my environment have touched me in a way that makes me proud of the relationship that humans have with nature.