It’s World Environment Week , with a Save Our Oceans theme.
There are several exhibitions going on, but I haven’t seen all of them. Here’s just a few that I saw, on my hurried way to work. And what a way to get our attention!
Here’s Nora the Salmon 🙂
I was drawn to her, out of the three sculptures. Something about her rising above the pollution … or maybe all those shiny parts on her body.
I liked Stella the Seahorse as well. Didn’t find her as dramatic as Nora the Salmon, though.
And Grace the Humpback Whale … well, I guess the tail is really the most recognizable part, isn’t it?
If our children, and children’s children, and their children are to enjoy Mother Nature’s gifts to us, we really do need to start cleaning up now.
We don’t think much of it, but those plastic bags and lines, garbage and trash, other objects foreign to the seas are destroying the planet.
I can’t think of a time where our children or grandchildren will not be able to enjoy running on a sandy beach in the warm sunshine.
Masks and wooden carvings usually don’t bother me, but there was a definite mental step back for me when I saw this …
I don’t know if it was the white eyes, piercing yet blankly staring at the same time. Or if it was that the white eyes did not belong, and to me was not a traditional mask.
I don’t know what it is, but it’s …. creepy.
I saw this propped up by the stairs, alongside the masks and other wooden carvings.
Right away I knew that this embodied the life of a woman … a mother … a wife … a daughter …
Not just here in Goma, DRC or in Africa, but globally. In most cultures, it is the woman’s job to take care of the household … carry and care for the children … find a way to feed the household … sustain and nourish all others. The man? Well, the man is the one who works outside of the house, doing whatever he’s doing, sitting at a desk in his suit and tie, allowed to meet and greet strangers.
So this is Woman … Mother … Wife … carrying her child with her, even as she walks to the market with a basketfull of goods to sell … even as it seems that she is pregnant with another child … and carrying a waterbottle to sustain and nourish her along the way … Woman.