What is the other side of the climate-change story?

What is the other side of the climate-change story?

Jess Wishart

My entry is a mixed media sculpture entitled Balance Lost. 

Throughout 2017, the news was bombarded with weather stories worthy of the title ‘natural disaster’. Hurricanes to forest fires, flooding to extraordinary temperatures; there was always something looming over us. These events inspired me to create a piece of work that was reflective of my views upon humanity, and our destruction of the environment. When news of these weather anomalies arises, as a society we are rightly concerned mainly with the safety of ourselves, or of those involved. The problem with this is that the conversation is cut short before we as a society begin to discuss and take responsibility for our actions that have led to drastic climate change, and what we can do to change this. My sculpture was built to resemble balancing scales, held up by a severed tree branch representative of the extended arm of Mother Nature. The scales are terribly unbalanced, showing the chaotic nature of our environment. On one scale lies a plastic bag full of water encasing figures, trapped like goldfish in the conditions they create. On the other lies figures encased in ice, representative of some of the drastic temperatures experienced in 2017; a further consequence of our lack of action against climate change.

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