It is not clear which is the biggest scandal. BP pumping maybe a million gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico (after all, industrial mishaps do happen); or the Obama Administration’s continued support for opening up more and more of America’s shores to oil drilling (when, after all, industrial mishaps do happen – and will continue to happen irrespective of any marginal improvement to regulatory oversight); or the whole thing being thrown right back in the face of the average Louisiana resident as it remains ‘all systems go’ to celebrate the 75th Louisiana Shrimp and Petroleum Festival honoring Louisiana as ‘an oil state’ – or maybe now more appropriately ‘an oily state’.
I have been wondering how long it would take for the biggest environmental disaster in history to inspire the creation of some art. Digital artist Ubermorgen has created a series of works entitled Deep Horizon.
The images are created from photographs of the oil spill itself, digitally manipulated to create abstract images with various liquefied effects. Some images (above and below) are part of the “Aerial Series” and, to my eye, manage to convey a sense of the overwhelming immensity of the disaster that is truly frightening.
The second “Liquid Series” plays with color and light. Here all evidence that this is a major industrial, environmental and human catastrophe disappear and we are left with bright, happy images that disguise the reality of what is going on. The disconnect between the feeling created by some of these images and the image titles could not be greater.
Of course the disaster has inspired the more usual forms of artistic endeavours.
From political cartoons…….. (see here for more political cartoons)
To take-offs of what now seems like a laughably cynical BP “all green together” logo and corporate image.