There are natural disasters such as the Hawaiian volcano eruption and lava flow that I depicted in my recent piece, Pele Speaks, and then there are man-made disasters.
My new piece for the Mother Earth Speaks series is titled, Oil and Water, and represents the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
On April 20, 2010 an explosion caused the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig in the Gulf of Mexico, killing eleven people. The BP pipe on the ocean floor gushed oil and gas for 87 days and released an estimated 3.19 million barrels of oil causing untold devastation on that region.
Some of the oil floated to the surface of the ocean, forming oil slicks, which spread by being pushed by winds. Some oil hovered, suspended, in the mid-water after rising from the wellhead. This oil mixed with dispersant, which, instead of breaking up the oil so it could wash away, allowed the oil to mix with seawater and stay suspended below the surface. About twenty percent of the oil sank to the ocean floor, damaging deep-sea corals and other ecosystems.
Of course many animals were impacted by this oil spill; fish, pelicans, turtles, dolphins, seabirds, to name just some. I’m sure you remember the photos of animals covered with oil. It had, and continues to have, a serious environmental impact in that area.
The overwhelming devastation of this man-made disaster made it difficult to design a hooked piece. There was too much to depict, so I chose to hook a surface oil spill. This piece will need added fibers after the hooking is finished. I hope you will follow along.
There’s a lot of beauty out there, which needs to be protected.