Announcing The Tidal Shift Award Winners


The six recipients of the initial Tidal Change Award offered primary and believed-provoking artworks that engage with our local weather disaster and inspire motion. Through illustration, metalsmithing, sculpture, new music, aquaculture, and manner, these artists proved that the potential is in superior palms, but the time to act is now.

&#147Artwork is, for me, a single of the most impactful methods to spread a information, particularly style.&#148

— Hannah Slone

Hannah Slone’s “A Costume Created From Waste”

Hannah Slone’s “A Costume Built From Squander”

This costume was manufactured utilizing plastic shipping and delivery/storage materials. I gathered them more than a month’s interval of time from the shipments the retail store I worked in experienced acquired. I produced this dress in order to elevate consciousness of how much waste we generate and the quantities of plastic pollution we produce. I interlaced the plastic collectively working with grommets and sashes. The sashes are compromised of white dead-stock cloth that I the natural way dyed yellow with turmeric. I supposed for the dress to be equipped to fall apart with 1 pull of a sash, littering the flooring with plastic.

Benjamin Pochurek’s “Flora Lung”

Benjamin Pochurek’s “Flora Lung”

Flora Lung explores the local climate improve threats of deforestation and desertification, and the essential position of the personal to defend our natural environment. My sculpture is inspired by early diving gear, “Aqua Lung”. Just as individuals created technological innovation to endure underwater, this futurist determine has been compelled to invent new technological innovation, Flora Lung to survive on land.

The solitary determine sits atop a lone pine tree stump among a large expanse of dry land, devoid of vegetation. The figure works by using oxygen from totally grown air plants to endure. I chose air plants thanks to their resistance to severe disorders and their will need for small h2o. The figure’s posture and grip display that it is intent on safeguarding and nurturing many modest sprouts in order to replenish Flora Lung.

&#147I needed to provide consciousness primarily to the influence that weather alter has on the coral reefs.&#148

— Ellie Bouman

Ellie Bouman’s “The Colorless Sea”

Ellie Bouman’s “The Colorless Sea”

My piece was developed to bring awareness to the effects of climate alter on coral reefs, and the importance of schooling on the issue. The message of this piece is that if drastic action is not taken promptly, most coral reefs will die off and wholesome, vibrant corals will only be located in textbooks and images. The book also represents education and learning, for the reason that people today are most probable to choose action towards climate transform if they are educated on the subject matter. The last message that my piece delivers to the table is the domino effect that the fatalities of coral reefs will have on numerous species and ecosystems. As represented by the fish swimming in only the healthful corals, if the reefs die off so will over 25% of all maritime lifestyle as there will be a absence of food items and nutrients.

Nicky Howard Rogers’ “Microcosms”

Microcosms is manufactured up of a collection of minor worlds, or ecosystems, each individual of which are carefully designed to replicate particular environmental outcomes of the existing climate crisis inside Maine. As someone who has lived in Maine their entire existence I have witnessed the effects of world wide warming initially hand. Whether or not it be in the form of droughts my relatives has experienced even though farming, significant algae blooms that eliminate freshwater ecosystems, or diminished sea lifetime prompted by the acidification of oceans all over Maine.

Carolina Bragg’s “If Bees Are Couple of”

A. R. Ammons is my preferred environmental poet. His created snapshots of the organic planet are forthright about the peril mother nature is in, but also about its possible for regrowth. This composition for SSA choir is established to two of his works about a solitary bee. In a single of these poems, “Launch,” the bee travels homeward. In the other, “Oblivion’s Bloom,” the bee fulfills its loss of life on the arrival of the 1st chilly. Ammons’ producing resonates right now, as carbon emissions, decline of habitat, and the pesticide field bring about the unparalleled destruction of honey bee colonies. I selected to reorder the poems so that Oblivion’s Bloom arrives initially, right after which the bee, potentially consultant of the whole species, finds his way home. Melodically and thematically, this piece explores the idea of dwelling: the bee’s residence, and the residence he shares with us.

&#147The role of artists, for me, [is] to disrupt the conventional patterns of imagining.&#148

— Katherine Concannon

Katherine Concannon’s “What We Left At the rear of”

I attended a 2019 Weather Stroll that travelled Vermont to provide recognition to environmental justice. I noticed the litter that we encountered when traversing freeway shoulders. Plastic baggage fluttered like prayer flags together with mosaics of beer cans embedded in the grime. Having said that, everyday living also flourished in this strip of borderlands concerning technology and wilderness. Released from tree address, seedlings attained for the sunshine, and thousands of salamanders dashed the asphalt to breed in downhill vernal pools.



Introduced by the The Local climate Initiative and Portland Museum of Art, Maine.


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