The Mother Earth Project
We all live on this little blue ball in space we call Earth, there is no place else to go. We can't just up and move to a planet in a nicer solar system, yet we treat our home like trash, with seeming little regard for the future.
Global Climate Change, Fracking, toxic chemical leaks, oil spills, big money buying elections, all in the name of progress? I think not, all in the name of greed of a few. If we don't change course we will find ourselves in extremis, on a collision course to a bleak future for our children and our children's children.
The Mother Earth Project is a three phase art project which will help draw attention to these ills we perpetrate on ourselves and our home. It is my hope that this will help drive peaceful activism to promote Climate Change and Conservation efforts worldwide.
I will be posting this project on Kickstarter in hopes of being funded to pursue this project.
Phase I: The Poem Written Around The World!
This is my poem Mother Earth which gave birth to this endeavor. This poem will be inscribed on the abstract driftwood sculpture I will create called, of course Mother Earth! I don't feel this poem is complete because as is it speaks my mind, it doesn't speak yours. I want this poem to be completed by the people of the world, the Children of our Mother Earth.
I want this poem to speak for you because it is you speaking. I will accept inputs of one to two verses from everyone who wants to submit one. I will accept inputs in the native written language (please provide English translation) which if chosen will also be etched into the sculpture until I have at least one from every country and all 50 United States. All verses received will be included in a book which will contain inputs and pictures from everyone who submits a verse.
Submitted verses must stay within the theme of my original verses.
Submit verses by sending an email to; firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to include your name, age, country and email address in order to be properly credited for your submission.
I will be accepting inputs until May 13, 2015. Get it out to people you know, solicit their inputs, ignite their creativity!
Here is the poem, finish it!
Earth, Mother Earth
of life, suffer the scars of man’s toil and strife
give us your love so passionate and wild
to be shunned by the petulant child
slash you, hack you, burn and attack you
us your soul
us your flesh, your blood, your bones
us our due for we are human kind
ignorant, willfully blind
you ever forgive those who have spurned you?
to love those who have burned you
love and compassion defeat avarice and greed?
will you bear silent witness to man’s final deed
Earth, Mother Earth
suck at your breast
we take all you have, leave none for the rest?
we forsake our own future, have we given our best
we leave a stark legacy for those left behind?
man’s own folly be the end of our kind?
love and compassion destroy envy and hate?
we heal our own souls before it’s too late?
we spread our disease to the far away stars?
from others, claiming it’s ours
will you shed of this plague and start anew
love and compassion win out the day?
will our own selfish greed get in the way?
Earth, Mother Earth
song is so clear
how can we know it while living in fear
love and compassion give us one last chance,
will you play us the Tango at humanity’s last dance?
Phase II: The Creation of Mother Earth
I'm an artist with my chosen medium being driftwood in styles I call Abstract Drift and Driftwood Fusion, my piece 'Phoenix Denied?' is a perfect example of both styles combined. Etched into the copper is my original poem of the same name and which was the inspiration for the piece;
from the ashes, creature of lore
some hope to the downtrodden and poor
bird of light and fire
the ash of our funeral pyre
our hopes, give us our dream
this world of man’s evil most schemes
the hopes of those who have tried
salvage this world from those who decry it
from the ash, creature of hope
not see we’re at the end of our rope?
in our hearts what is right, what is wrong
it in dance, sing it in song
enough love for you to act on?
be our salvation and soar up on high?
you simply be…..
I intend to create 'Mother Earth' a driftwood sculpture in the same way, using driftwood and other elements to convey the damage we have done and are still doing to our planet yet shows that there is hope for a better future.
Carved into the piece will be the poem 'Mother Earth' with the goal of having one verse from every country.
Phase III: The Mother Earth Documentary
Tying everything together will be the documentary I am writing to capture both the creation of the sculpture but life on the Chesapeake Bay's Eastern Shore, centered in and around Chestertown, MD.
This film would document life on the Eastern Shore, the challenges the people face and the hardships of those who work the bay for a living. It would cover the conservation efforts to Save the Bay, and the artisans who are inspired by it.
Enjoy the slide show and support The Mother Earth Project!