Art Galleries

Emergent Sea

When: Wed., June 3 2009

Sea turtles in Oakland? No, but a mural of one, at least, by Dan Fontes, Caroline Stern, and James Swinson, has just been dedicated. It's on the Eandi Metal Works building (976 23rd Ave.) where Calcott Place ends, near the Cotton Mills Studios. Painted with the assistance of Girls, Inc. under a grant from the City of Oakland Redevelopment Agency, the Eandi turtle reminds us that the ecological emergency is linked to our current economic straits. Humans have caused many extinctions by overexploiting natural resources, and now even the noble ancient order of Chelonians, 200 million years old, is endangered by modernity -- by fishing nets, boats, jet skis, oil spills, and the billions of synthetic jellyfish we excrete into our oceans yearly -- i.e., plastic garbage. As you whiz north on 880 past 23rd Avenue in your foot-powered stone car (or something decidedly less carbon-neutral), take a safe, quick look, and consider adapting.What would clever monkeys do? 510-593-4574

DeWitt Cheng

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