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Time Magazine April 2006 cover issued a warning in a special report, everyone read it & no-one listened

 
 

Back in 2006 Time Magazine Stated That..... Earth is at the Tipping Point: Global Warming Heats Up. Polar Ice Caps Are Melting Faster Than Ever... More And More Land Is Being Devastated By Drought... Rising Waters Are Drowning Low-Lying Communities... The climate is crashing, and global warming is to blame. Why the crisis hit so soon--and what we can do about it?

time magazine global warming cover april 2006

Since that publication date, global warming is already heavily advanced and disrupting the biological world, pushing many species to the brink of extinction and turning others into runaway pests. But the worst is yet to come, and yet we still have our foot on the gas speeding towards the cliff edge.

free diving to clean the coral reefs of the maldives

At a very early stage I stated in my artist manifesto…. 
‘The greatest threat to our planet, is that we all think someone else will save it. 
I feel compelled in attempting to face a global issue on a personal scale'
 

I understand the complexities of the subject but seeing the stupidity of policy makers and corporates extracting profit before even considering the environment over the past 40 years you can understand my anger and frustration. I am a simple artist with limited resources but with a lifelong determination that has never diminished; here are some of the things I have done to help with a deeper understanding of how we can all make a change for the better.

1985/86 Over a period of nine months I sea kayaked from north to south of the Maldivian atolls, giving away over 250 aluminium can crushers with stickers & information leaflets to suggest the benefits of tourists taking away with them the imported rubbish they create during their holiday. If you drink a can of beer, take the can home with you in your luggage, where aluminium recycling is more accessible which is not the case in these remote locations. For years the Maldive has simply buried their aluminium rubbish, unaware that it takes 20 times the amount of energy to create virgin aluminium rather than recycling it. Aluminium is one of the few materials that can go through this process an almost unlimited number of times with no quality issues or degradation for either the food/drinks packaging industry or engineering grade applications; insanity to create all those carbon emissions and just dump it after a single use.

1990 formed the studio & trademarked the brand and signing a commitment to total green policies which included administered footprint management, studio waste solutions, green energy sources, water recycling policies and zero single use packaging. I was one of the first public figures to publicly declare myself an ambassador for the 3R Strategy. Reduce, Reuse & Recycle.

1992 created ‘Jet’ a series of organically shaped turbines carved into slabs of marble and placed in the chalk streams of Kent; the projects aim was to highlight industrial encroachment on these important waterways by creating a non invasive sculpture to engage the public into the debate of their protection. 

1993 created ‘Defluxio’ a series of water deviation plinths in Los Angeles water causeways highlighting the impact city planners have on natural water flow dispersion in the environment.

1995 designed and fabricated 500 solar stills, a simple but life saving design that converts ocean water into fresh drinking water using only the sun. I spent a year hand distributing them amongst nomadic ocean inhabitants from the Maldives to Indonesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, & the Solomon Islands. 

1996 started the first of what is now a yearly artist residency program, where artists are invited into the studio to discover the processes of recycling materials for use in their art. This includes plastic shredding and extrusion processes and metal foundry processes showing how to cast liquid metals and mill into engineering grade designs. To date over 250 artists have benefited from this program and every year the project develops further. 


‘Ptolemy’ 
from 'Oil + Water’ 2014-2015

2014 created the series 'Oil + Water’ in a Siberian winter studio on the frozen ice flow of the Yenesei River, these works highlight my ongoing water pollution concerns. This series was shortlisted for environmental photographer of the year 2015.

2017 For a second time I Kayaked around the Maldives for 3 months fully unsupported, creating my own water, power and sustenance from the environment using only non-invasive zero footprint techniques. In doing so I created ‘Visions from the shoreline’ a collection of letters, installation sculptural works and PhotoGrams re-visiting the exact locations I visited back in the mid 80’s. Retrieving plastic and other foreign materials from the coral reef while free diving and using only these materials to create this  collection of artworks. 150 hand written letters were also posted to recipients from across the globe directly from these remote shores, the recipients ranged from leading journalists, politicians and environmentalists to promote the clean ocean vision that I have always tirelessly worked for.

2018 donated 20 framed artworks with a value of over £100,000 to the Soneva Namoona Foundation to finance a carbon neutral plastic & aluminium recycling facility

2018 presented my vision to the presidency of the Maldives & EPA at the Plastic Free Maldives Workshop effecting policy change. By the end of 2022 single use plastics will be banned in the Maldives in direct consultation with the Distil Ennui Studio program.

2019 As a lifelong ambassador for the 3R Strategy Alexander collaborated with the Canary Wharf Corporation to advise on policy and present 'Breaking The Plastic Habit’ with a site specific installation of artworks from 'Visions from the shoreline' exhibited in Londons Canary Wharf, Crossrail project designed by Sir Norman Foster.

2020 Opened the exhibition ‘Renaciendo’ focused on my lifelong ambassadorship of the 3R Strategy. creating a complex lighting system from land fill sourced aluminium waste to light an architectural jewel, the last to remain standing baroque Convento de los Carmelitas in Spain dating from 1688. the exhibition will include sculptures made from land fill rubbish and the critically acclaimed ‘Visions from the shoreline’ PhotoGram series created by collecting marine waste from the coral reefs of the Maldives.  


‘Untitled Plate 8080’
from ‘Fusion' 2010-2020

2020 Created a new body of work to coincide with the 10 year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon incident. The series titles ‘Fusion' references contemporary environmental concerns visualising the destruction and havoc we as a species are inflicting on the oceans and our planet. This series was started in 2010 as a direct protest at the BP Oil disaster where 5 million barrels of oil poured into the Golf of Mexico 20th April 2010. The gusher that was left behind after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank is still leaking to this date. 

2021 oversee the building & implementation of 'Makers Place' a new plastic and aluminium recycling facility in the Maldives conceived and designed to handle imported drinks industry waste by up-cycling them into functional materials for the local community and artworks; the funds from which will go to fund further recycling sites. With the team at Soneva I planned, designed & built an island based methodology for this recycling process with minimal process based environmental impact.


'Makers Place' plastic and aluminium recycling studio setup in the Maldives in 2021

2022 returned to the exact same sites in Siberia to complete the project 'Oil & Water' using 'Empirical research and evidence' to document climate changes effect on the forests and rivers of this remote location.


'Empirical research & evidence' dated 2022

If you would like to view in depth supporting materials relating to any of the above projects, please do ask.

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