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The Maldives Table is one of a series of pieces I have been working on about climate change. The top of this table is coconut palm plywood. The coconut palm is the national tree of the Maldives. The carving is a representation of the principal islands of the Maldives chain. The legs are the colors of the Maldives flag. The shape of the table, of course is a boat. And the Maldives is the first, or one of the first, countries that will fall under the ocean as sea levels rise.

The second piece is The Coral Reef Table, about bleached and dying coral reefs. This one was a collaboration with my wife, Karen, who is a ceramist who works with tile. She built the coral reef, mostly live, and partly dead. The body is coopered Bamboo plywood, and the base is anodized aluminum.

The third piece is the Golden Toad Reliquary. The golden toad of Costa Rica is the poster child for climate change caused extinction. They lived under trees in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, and would come out and mate like crazy, and the eggs would go into small ponds where they would hatch and grow before the ponds dried out. One year, a climate change forced El Nino made the rainy season early, and when the toads came out.....no ponds. One year 22,000 of these little suckers, the next year, one. So this piece is about the Sixth Great Extinction, which is in progress and partly caused by climate change. Spanish Cedar, clay imagery also by Karen, and aluminum and glass

The fourth is the Arctic Ice Reliquary, of turned Sitka Spruce, carved and painted wood (by my studio assistant Casey Gleason), aluminum and glass. I think no explanation needed on this one.

The next piece, in progress, is about forest fires.

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D200 Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:27 Apr 2010 - 4:50 PM
Focal Length:46mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.9
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/60sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Center-weighted average
Flash:No Flash
White Balance:Manual
Title:Canaries in the Coal Mine
Username:handlerstudio handlerstudio
Uploaded:31 Oct 2013 - 2:50 AM
Tags:Canaries in the Coal Mine, Climate change, Craft art., Photo journalism
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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  2 India1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 3:35 AM

Every image is a beauty

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Potra
Potra e2 Member 1Potra vcard Venezuela
31 Oct 2013 - 3:51 AM

Oh I loved the piece on V5. Your work is rare, colorful, thoughtful, with concept.
Not anything you see around, you must have a very particular clientele.
Love your concern about this one and only Earth we have.
M

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ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2204 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 4:47 AM

What beautiful pieces you have created, and with so much thought about earths environment.....well done

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Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 7:10 AM

Wonderful imaginative work with a great narrative. Coming from a mining family the title is very apt. Peter.

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ukgubbi
ukgubbi e2 Member 3ukgubbi vcard India
31 Oct 2013 - 10:59 AM

Thanks for this lovely information and sharing such beautiful images. I had not seen anything like this before.

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achieverswales
31 Oct 2013 - 11:08 AM

All stunning and can see you are as worried as I am for our children and grandchildren and all creatures, the future looks bleak for them, you do make very beautiful works of art Peter and I love every piece I have seen.

Regards

Trev.

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 12:33 PM

Trevor has said it so well, These are beautiful pieces-- poignant reminders of what is to come!
J

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States7 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 1:26 PM

When discussion comes up about why do this work, as a climate change activist, Trev's comment comes to the fore for me. What I think about is what kind of world we are bequeathing to our unborn and unimagined grandchildren. And then the corollary, if we keep doing business as ususal, that is, burning fossil fuels till they run out, we pass tipping points. And I imagine people at the end of this century looking back at us, in the early years of the 21st, and they wonder, what the .......were they thinking? They could have made a difference. And if we do act as we need to, they might look back and say, thank goodnes that they did the right thing.

Peter

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sweetpea62
sweetpea62 e2 Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 2:34 PM

Wonderful work Peter. great information..Lin

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
31 Oct 2013 - 5:31 PM

All pieces are really beautiful. Great work and information
Effrossini

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dudler
dudler Critique Team 11164 forum postsdudler vcard England390 Constructive Critique Points
31 Oct 2013 - 8:28 PM

Beautiful - and it is so sad that this subject exists.

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