New designs to support Indigenous Environmental Causes

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Solar Stainless SteelThe Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has won an amazing victory!  In solidarity with the Tribe and in honor of our life-giving Sun, I will be designing a lightsculpture entitled “SOLAR” and giving 10% of the proceeds to Earthjustice.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, who has fought for years to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline out of their land, has won a great victory. This came a day after the announcement of the cancellation of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and after a recent blow dealt to The Keystone XL pipeline in Montana.

We are witnessing the inevitable switch from Earth-damaging fossil fuels to renewable energies.  It has been the tireless efforts of indigenous peoples, along with environmental activists and organizations, who have put the pressure on these companies and the Army Corps of Engineers, to facilitate this historic progress.

Wind Stainess SteelIn solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and their supporting organizations, I’m announcing my next set of designs for Lunaglow. They will be stylized representations of our renewable energies, Solar, Wind, and Wave/Tidal.  This idea is not new for me. I was commissioned in 2005 to produce a set of “Energy” Light Sculptures for the Business for Social Responsibility Annual Conference in DC.  They were made out of stainless steel and aluminum that I bought at the Boeing Surplus Store here in Seattle. They featured stylized sun rays, wisps of wind, and waves, in addition to looping video in the center.  LEDs lit the interior, illuminating the cutouts that were backed by rice paper. Strong statements at almost 6 feet tall, yet delicate with the addition of the rice paper. The statement was simple: We should be utilizing our natural energies around us to run our homes, businesses and the world in general. I am re-iterating this idea here with wood-based versions which will be available as soon as I can make them.

Wave Stainless SteelAccording to an article in, “a total of 173,000 terawatts (trillions of watts) of solar energy strikes the Earth continuously. That’s more than 10,000 times the world’s total energy use.

Lunaglow Solar Lightsculpture will feature solar ray cutouts, bamboo side frames, and LED illumination. They will be smaller than my current Ginkgo Lightsculptures, and will be available at a special price. In addition, I will be donating 10% of all proceeds from each on my energy sculptures to Earthjustice, who has represented the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in their fight to keep their land safe.

I want to encourage people to actively engage in the preservation of our planet.  Your purchase of these new sculptures will send a message that you care about our Earth and will send money directly to an organization fighting to preserve our natural environment. I’m so excited to share this journey with you.

Artists should react to social and political changes around them. They should help progress ideas and actions that support a brighter future and hopefully we can all play a part in that together, united, under one sun, upon one Earth.

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