Atlanta artist to show how plastic waste in our oceans starts at home

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Cutline3 Artist Pam Longobardi, who transforms plastic refuse floating in the ocean into sculpture and installations, is showing photographs of her finds at Blue Heron Nature Preserve off Roswell Road. CONTRIBUTED BY WHITBY BIERWOLF
Cutline3 Artist Pam Longobardi, who transforms plastic refuse floating in the ocean into sculpture and installations, is showing photographs of her finds at Blue Heron Nature Preserve off Roswell Road. CONTRIBUTED BY WHITBY BIERWOLF

Artist Pam Longobardi, who transforms plastic refuse floating in the ocean into sculpture and installations, is showing photographs of her finds at Blue Heron Nature Preserve off Roswell Road. CONTRIBUTED BY WHITBY BIERWOLF

Pam Longobardi’s photographs of plastic marine trash (such as this discarded manequin), and how ocean currents have altered these pieces, are on view at Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s gallery.

Pam Longobardi’s photographs of plastic marine trash (such as this discarded mannequin), and how ocean currents have altered these pieces, are on view at Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s gallery.

Pam Longobardi, the 2013 winner of the $50,000 Hudgens Prize  awarded by the Hudgens Center for the Arts for her work in turning plastic waste that floats on ocean currents into thought-provoking sculpture and installations, is making her environmental message hit home.

Photographic prints of decaying plastic objects  (or gyre) the Georgia State University professor has collected, along with nets and other flotsam she retrieved, are on view by appointment at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve gallery through Nov. 28.

  • In conjunction with the exhibit, Longobardi will give a talk at 2 p.m. Oct. 10 on how urban watersheds function and contribute to the larger trash problem in our oceans. A gallery reception follows. Fee is $75.
  • On Oct. 17, Longobardi will lead a 2-4 p.m. hands-on art making workshop there. Fee: $75.

Open since 2000 north of the heart of Buckhead, the trails and greenspace of the 25-acre preserve along Nancy Creek are accessible to the public free during daylight hours. 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta.

To register for Longobardi’s talk or workshop: 404-345-1008, www.bhnp.org.

 

 


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