By Mera McGrew
Mission Blue is offering an exclusive online preview of New York artist, Asher Jay’s, newest art installation — Sea Speak Sphere: Message in a Bottle. The art installation is part of a larger conceptual, collaborative campaign that aims to highlight various ocean initiatives and advocates marine conservation.
Jay told Mission Blue, “ I just wanted to come up with a way in which I could speak up for the oceans but that would also encompass all the voices that are doing something similar.”
The art installation is made up of 100 painted bottles that bring to life personal statements or “blue memos” about the world’s ocean from some of the biggest names in marine biology, conservation, photography, exploration, journalism and more. Using recycled plastic bottles, scrap paper, and paint Jay has found a way to offer a visual voice to help communicate complex ocean issues, solution strategies and urgent blue memos.
“Sea Speak Sphere is about collaboration, community and a strong commitment to the cause,” explained Jay. “This is a very quick way to communicate, in a glimpse, something that people don’t take time to fully understand or didn’t previously have a particular interest in.”
The meticulously curated content of the installation serves as a call to action for people from all walks of life. Jay explained, “I feel like images have the power to mobilize the masses, and that is why I am doing this…”
The premier of Sea Speak Sphere: Message in a Bottle by Asher Jay will premiere this Friday June 8th, 6:30-8:30pm at Green Spaces in New York. Preview the installation here. Click through the gallery to get an exclusive look at 28 of the bottles paired with excerpts from the personal statements that were offered and which helped inspire the beautiful works of art.
All photographs of original artwork taken by Dar Riser, Good Light Works.