THE MAKING OF
The artist begins her work on what was intended to be a lionfish…
…but in the space of an hour turned into a hybrid dragon-eel.
Detail of the still unfinished Hornet and the seabird who falls into the sea right next to her
Korall the Sea Turtle taking shape
Korall nearly complete
Painting the background of the “Plastified” diptych… before we knew it would be a background.
Aria has to paint the sky at the top upside down because she’s too small to reach it the right side up!
The original design for Bogo Mogo.
The final design of Bogo Mogo—now the process of building begins.
Bogo Mogo’s body is made of plastic fruit container lids and basket bottoms.
Bottle caps of all kinds create the swirl of Bogo Mogo’s tail.
The pièce de résistance: Vampire teeth!
Day One of installation
Splitting the diptych is an unorthodox thing to do, but turns out to be genius!
The shy artist agrees to pose in front of her work
Day Two of installation. The large vertical posters go up.
No art installation should take itself too seriously! Lot of fun working with the facilities guys.
Gus adjusts the long pole he’ll use to nudge the posters into place once they’re up.
Now for the final touches—tacking down the bottom edges of the posters.
The installation is done!
A wider angle to give full perspective of the amazing space the exhibit is in.
Amazing space, a great turnout, and plenty of food and drink… how it should be!
With the head of the International Ocean Film Festival.
With friends from Clean Oceans International
Representing, from left to right, a plastics replacement startup, a local gallery, and a non profit cleaning up the oceans.
The artist and two close admirers
Thrilled to have some of Aria’s teachers come!
A very special guest… our Arts Program coordinator
The littlest admirer… too cute for words
One of the quiet, reflective moments
The artist is leaving the building
OPENING NIGHT AT THE CONSULATE
Changing of the guard at the Colombian Consulate.
The exhibit is up… and opening night about to begin.
People begin to arrive: the Consul General of Mexico
Consuls General of Guatemala, Honduras, Singapore, and Peru.
With the Consul General of Colombia, his staff, friends, and family
With a good friend… and a new friend from the Aquarium (the manta ray)
Ah, perfect spot for my manta ray!
Determined to find the secret word in Bogo Mogo.
Aria is tickled blue—they’re SO close!
Hey girls… psst! Here it is, but don’t tell anyone!
WALKING THE WALK
Early morning preparations for the Rise for Climate march in San Francisco (Sept 2018)
Left: Aria Luna’s sign. Right: we touch the Earth for 2 minutes of silence.
Together we can all make a big wave!
In the middle of the march—Fynn the Sea Dragon is right there with us.
What can we say. Kids will be kids, march or no march.
With mama on the main artery of the march, Market Street downtown SF
Next up, International Coastal Cleanup day. Oh look, here’s something buried in the grasses.
Can’t tell what this was but it sure doesn’t belong on the beach!
Another piece of plastic. Gotta keep your eyes open, a lot of the trash is almost completely buried.
There were hundreds of people out on the coast, picking up trash and plastic debris.
Another group of coastal cleaning volunteers. Lots of orange buckets on the beach today!
Aria Luna sneaks in a slide down the sand dune… after all, you can’t just clean the beach… you have to enjoy it too.
KQED interviewing one of the organizers of the cleanup. Awesome to see media coverage of an effort like this!
This is what’s on our beaches. Can’t really tell until you pool it all together.