‘Towers of Concern’

Bishopsteignton Outdoor Art Group (BOAG)

FARMING

There are two sides to farming; the idyllic bucolic landscapes with animals contentedly grazing, colourful crops, wild meadows, hedgerows and orchards; and the harsh reality with pesticides, barbed wire, plastic coverings, methane producing cows, intensive farming, loss of hedgerows, deforestation, insecticide effect on bees, loss of habitat of birds and other species.

  • Are solar farms good or bad? Where have the bees gone?
  • Spot the caged chicken. Not free range! Should we eat less meat?

SEAPHENALIA

There are many issues for the health of our seas on which we depend for food and so much more. We have focused on plasticised debris and the fishing industry. Plastic is swallowed by every level of sea creature (and eventually us), the detritus from tankers, over fishing problems, floating plastic islands and coral die off are just a few of the issues we care about.

  • How is your tinned tuna sourced? How much plastic is in your fish?
  • Spot the jelly fish. There will be many more with warmer seas!

OIL

Energy raw materials are causing concern. Plastic made from oil is in every aspect of our lives and it will be hard to wean us off. From the oil fields with their iconic flares to one-use packaging, discarded toys, unnecessary plastic bags and plastic parts, do we really need it all? Vehicle fuel, exhaust pollution, coal burning power stations, fracking and factory emissions are some of the other areas we must deal with.

  • Where do plastic toys and tools come from? Do you need them all?
  • Spot the hi-vis vests?

ICEBERG

Time is running out for saving polar environments. With threats from all directions (businesses, governments), icebergs are melting at an alarming rate with the predicted consequences already happening. Rising tides disappearing islands and coastlines, warmer waters causing changes to fish and mammals habitats, it is a wonder that there are still those who still don’t believe the climate is changing.

  • Spot the crack appearing and the melting ice?
  • What will polar bears and penguins do when all icebergs have gone?

FASHIONISTA 

We’re the throwaway society. Charity shops play their part to help recycle clothing, but it is embarrassing to see how much goes to waste, especially in high end products to keep the brand price high and ‘fast fashion’ low end bikini’s for £1. Some clothing manufacturers and cosmetic companies are waking up to the need to use sustainable and ethically sourced materials, but packaging, fashion in landfill, factories creating pollution are still big concerns. 

  • Does lipstick ever look good on monkeys?
  • Spot the feather boa? Should we use animal skin for clothing?