THE GREENPEACE-SOHO too ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT

 

OCTOBER 19, 1985

 

Art Installation- "Catch of the Day"

Location- Ala Moana Beach Park - Fisherman's Wharf, Honolulu, Hawaii

 

Abstract of the Community Art Project

 

On Sunday, October 20, 1985, the Hawaii chapter of Greenpeace Foundation teamed up with SOHO too Gallery & Loft's director and artist, Rodney Chang, to combine a community effort to clean up the beaches with an innovative art "installation" that would bring attention of people to the volume of garbage on this beautiful island's shores. Community volunteers, including may elementary school children, formed worked groups to gather litter off the shoreline and beaches of Oahu. A sample of this "catch" was hauled to Ala Moana Beach Park, next to Waikiki Beach, for assembly and construction of a huge collective pile of garbage in a fishing net. Artist Chang conceived of the "outdoor disposable public sculpture" that included artificial fish tails protruding from the haul. Children then marched the huge load of garbage down the street to the Fisherman's Wharf, where it was hung from a marlin hanging rack for public display. The children then walked to and fro with signs that pleaded for more social responsibility by everyone to keep the beaches clean and beautiful. The tails of fish symbolized the detrimental effect of accumulated human wastes on the ocean's inhabitants. The bulkd of towering garbage communicated concretely how every bit of litter adds up to a tremendous environmental sanitation and aesthetic problem. It is the particpant artist's hope that this sculpture will be the first of many to come art projects with environmental groups that uses the arts to make significant statements about envioronmental issues and the associated human problems.

 

Project was seen on the local Honolulu TV evening news.