Artist’s Statement

How Does “The Wave” Use Art to Emphasize Our Global Connections to One Another?

Because we, the inhabitants of the world, all share the oceans and fresh water sources that sustain life on earth and provide a source of recreation and livelihood, we are intimately connected to one another. We are all impacted physically, politically and economically by natural disasters and climate changes that alter access to water and endanger human health and well-being. Morning mist rising from a pond in New England can become a part of a tsunami wave in Asia or an ice crystal on an Antarctic iceberg.  A hurricane devastating the coastal waters in the Gulf of Mexico can result in a dramatic disruption to the food supply across the continent of North America.  When we pollute ocean waters off the coast of Australia, acid rain falls on African plains.

As The Wave travels from site to site and new sections are added to those that came before, the notion of connectivity and joint responsibility becomes more and more apparent. New participants are inspired by seeing what was created before them as they add their own contributions to the ebbing and flowing wave.

Educational materials about water and global water issues as well as information on opportunities for involvement in existing local and national programs related to water are available at each site at the discretion of the site administrators.

The Wave at the Peabody Essex Museum Atrium, Under Canvas and Skylights

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