Posts Tagged oil spill
The anonymous artist has made another prediction, this one more amazing and early than the last!! El Diablo!
About a week or so ago our office kitchen sink sprung a leak. Of course I, as I’m sure the rest of the office did, merely assumed it was a piece about the recent poll plummet/leaking voter numbers for the new Naota Kan government.
This seemed confirmed by the news that the leaking rotting soy milk smell/symbol of Yukio Hatoyama’s cabinet had stayed around because it had been poured down the sink and was sitting in the pipes like his memory.
Like a fool I jumped too quickly to this assumption, ignoring the fact that if the fridge had formerly represented Japan than the sink being situated NEXT to it (and west of it) made it OBVIOUSLY either the Yellow Sea or the Sea of Japan.
And now what has happened in the Yellow Sea? Oil has leaked everywhere from a pipe line explosion!
Here is a photo of the sink being cordoned off to contain the leak and protect any seagulls from getting soaked.
While the art metaphor is quite basic/amateur, I cannot help but be impressed by this artist’s Nostradamus-like skills! Some people might be wondering if I feel a level of competition with this artist but I promise I feel merely joy to know there is someone almost on my level with similar interest in public art.
Also they seem to only be able to work on Japanese and Chinese economic pieces and I am just glad that someone is covering the subject .
Wait! Oh my God! I just realised, two weeks ago an announcement was made to the office that someone was weeing on the floor of the women’s toilets!
A literal Yellow Sea had been created on the toilet floor! Twice in one week! This was a two pronged art attack! I am slightly in awe.
BP continues work to clear up one of the biggest oil spills in history in the Gulf of Mexico. BP’s image has been dramatically tarnished following its poor reaction to the spill and admissions that it did not use safety cases in its US wells.
Meanwhile protestors at the Tate art gallery in London recently poured oil outside the gallery to protest BP’s financial support of the Tate, sparking debate about the importance of art funding being ethically sourced.
BP has a drastic image problem. In response to this I regurgitated on the pavement. I then lured these pigeons to come and feast on what I had produced. This was to create an artwork representing BP’s current status in the world.
I see BP as like these two unappreciated pigeons; they are in no way attractive or likeable, they foul up the world with their waste and they get in your way when you’re walking quickly. But despite this they are, in this instance, doing a job no one else wants to do; that is, they are cleaning up a foul spill made by man.
Well the oil spill was made by BP, whereas the pigeons didn’t make the vomit… but a human/artist/Heidi did and I am a consumer of oil and thus also play a guilty part in this whole saga… and an even guiltier part in the vomit puddle… I’m getting confused as to how how BP was involved in the vomit but I think metaphorically the smell of car fumes helped the nausea and BP petrol was probably in a lot of those cars… and pigeons don’t drive cars…
My point is that BP have had appalling public relations in recent weeks and I feel that if the public were to see this artwork they would feel more empathy for this poor, beleaguered, morally-bankrupt corporation/diseased pigeons who eat sick off the pavement. I have sent this image to BP’s head office as a suggested new logo for the company they could put on all future letterheads and petrol station signs.
I have also suggested that if the Tate ever decides they are too FANCY and ethically-minded to take BP’s funding then I would happily have their sponsorship redirected to my projects, particularly as a recent accidental overdraft charge on my bank account meant I could only afford to fund this ‘pigeons eating vomit’ artwork this week. Well, I could only afford some old chicken which ‘inspired’ the vomit sculpture.
‘Attorney General Eric Holder said last night that the federal government was launching criminal and civil investigations into whether BP broke any laws in its handling of the Gulf oil disaster… In the meantime, oil will continue to spew into the Gulf until the completion of the relief wells – which BP says will not be finished until August. ‘ Channel 4 News.
This is a pretty self explanatory piece. Clearly this sculpture I have created represents man and his pride that blinds him and BP from the damage we/it/he is/are/will be doing.
The man, who represents Man but is actually called Garry in this piece, stands in a vain pose, showing off his abdominal muscles and small penis while he tries to wash off the oil covering his body with a small soapy rag. He seems oblivious to the fact that the soap is doing nothing and his entire body is coated in oil, much like BP talk about cleaning up the oil slick but I imagine their board members are actually just having showers at their gym and showing off their abs.