This latest evolution of “Global Council for Restoration of the Earth’s Environment’’ was started soon after my wife, Christina and I returned to Saint Lucia in 1988.
The first version of the work was shown in 1991 at the Patrick Cramer Gallery in Geneva, Switzerland. Works are now in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the U.S. State Department.
The aim of the project is to demonstrate that contemporary art can be created without the use of virgin materials and to warn mankind of impending disaster unless environmental destruction is addressed.
This latest version incorporates Egyptian, Greek, Roman and pre-Colombian artefacts, small contemporary sculptures, rag dolls (encrusted with precious and semi-precious stones), glass sculptures, painted wood constructions, fertility dolls, handmade papier-mâché sculptures, drawings, watercolour, collages, 18th and 19th century prints. Each element, installed in a 7 x 7 x 3 inch box, is an original assemblage with a computer chip/board in each box. The work consists of thousands of boxes.
The intention is to exhibit installations or groups of the pieces using internet platforms and public institutions, and partner with leading environmental organizations to help fund and support their fight against climate change, and the preservation of endangered species.
Saint Lucia 2020