Clayton Height Secondary • Evolution of Man’s Impact on the Environment
Clayton Heights Secondary’s project of visual art and action, was informed by Marcus Bowcott’s Trans Am Totem. Through photographic inquiry and an exercise in constructing solutions to first world problems, students worked in small groups to investigate issues of mass consumerism, urbanization and deforestation within their own community. Confronted by the litter in their environment, students decided to create an installation from this trash. This allowed them to make collaborative art, while cleaning up the environment and engaging with community. Their work titled “Evolution of Man’s Impact on The Environment” depicts 6 full body casts, progressively filled with more and more man made waste. Students wanted to demonstrate and create dialogue around the current issues of litter, waste, over packaging, consumerism and our disposable culture.