Be the Change
2017, High School, Art
My piece was inspired from one of my last trips to South Padre Island. While I was there, I couldn't help but feel utter disgust as my eyes took up all the trash that my fellow civilians left hidden under the sand or upon the shore. I couldn't help but think about all the trash that must have been lying in the water, or the trash that had already sunk and taken the ocean as its new home. Accompanying that thought came the one of “How much sea life has been affected by this, and why aren't we doing anything to change our ways and save our oceans?” The idea of the water bottle being destroyed and setting free the ocean was created from this vivid picture I have in my head of a water bottle that was buried in the sand. In the trip to SPI, I learned that not everybody knows how to clean up after themselves and that many people are selfish in caring about their lives only, and not even batting an eyelash towards the lives of the creatures who claim the beach as their home. Yet, I also learned that there are people like me in the world, people who pick up others’ trash, people who look after others and care for them.