"Because ships are safe in the harbour
But that is not what ships are made for
The mind could stretch much further
But it seems that is not what our minds are trained for" — Author Unknown
Sabe Lewellyn is a visual artist and designer with a strong advocacy for spreading awareness on global environmental issues. Now, to raise awareness on the state and fragility of nature, he takes on a one-man expedition in the Gulf of Mexico, which he calls Exileration.
“I am going on a one-man expedition to create art and draw awareness to the fragility our natural surroundings. I am traveling to the U.S. National seashore in the Gulf of Mexico,” says the artist. He will be going to Horn Island, one of the barrier islands off the coast of Mississippi and Alabama.
“One of my goals is increasing the urgency and understanding of the fragile place we put ourselves in by neglecting our impact on the world,” states artist, who will live on the park in the island, in primitive camping conditions and with only the bare necessities.
Lewellyn’s projects and advocacy was inspired by Walter Anderson, an artist and naturalist who also lived in Horn Island for a time to document the life around him through radiant watercolor art. Lewellyn hopes to follow Anderson’s footsteps and continue to document the natural ecosystem in the island.
Through the crowdfunding campaign, Lewellyn aims to raise the funds to cover the costs for the needed camera and equipment to document his trip. Part of the funds will also go to boat prototyping materials and supplies such as food and a tent he himself designed.
According to him, his Exileration project is a three-part piece, which includes planning the trip, exile on Horn Island, and the creation of the film and other work for exhibit. He has chosen Horn Island because the location has been under much stress due to human hazards, such as the BP oil spill and the US Army Mustard Gas contamination.
From 1943 to 1945, Horn Island was closed to public access and activity for use as a biological weapons testing site by the US Army. Later on, asbestos materials were identified around old concrete foundations on the north side of Horn Island, known as The Chimney. Asbestos has shown to be a cancer-causing agent. In addition, mustard gas residue has been detected in the sands nearby the US Army testing sites. Mustard gas is a blistering agent that attacks the eyes and respiratory systems. While the military is in the process of destroying any residue, Lewellyn aims to go deeper and investigates on the effects of these military operations to the ecosystem in the area.
In return, backers of the campaign will receive copies of his artwork through wallpapers, postcards, and signed prints. Backers will also receive printed and electronic invitations to every gallery and museum show exhibiting Exileration. Higher tier backers will receive a digital copy of the documentary film, be included in the film credits, and many more.
About Sabe Lewellyn
Sabe has been an artist and designer for over 12 years. Exileration is the second of two projects that he has undergone to help educate people and involve them in environmental issues. His experience includes participation in the Particles on the Wall exhibit at University of Washington. Soon a book will be released that includes his contribution to that project. This was an interdisciplinary exhibit exploring the elements of the nuclear age, Hanford history, and its impacts on humans and the environment.
- First Aid kit
- Back pack
- Sunscreen, chapstick, nose sunblock, aloe vera
- Insect repellent spray
- Sea suds
- Flash light
- Personal canteen–––Camp Water Jug 21 gallons
- Eating utensils
- Garbage bags (medium kitchen)
- light rope,
- Duck Tape
The bulk of this Funds will actually be for:
Several Camera (probably Gopro) Sound Equipement Solar Charger Gimbal (steady cam) Drone
Deepwater Horizon: Or the BP Oil Spill
April 20 marks 5 years since the Deepwater Horizon suddenly exploded. It is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry, an estimated 8% to 31% larger in volume than the previously largest. Following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, a sea-floor oil gusher flowed for 87 days, until it was capped on 15 July 2010. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 4.9 million barrels.
More on the spill and the aftermath five years later by Jean-Michel Cousteau.
Green: Army NOT Ecological
From 1943 to 1945, Horn Island was closed to all public access and activity for use as a biological weapons testing site by the U.S. Army.
Asbestos materials have been identified around old concrete foundations on the north side of Horn Island known as The Chimney, which was operated from late 1943 to 1944 by the Department of War to test biological toxins.
In addition, mustard gas residue has been detected in the sand nearby, Brown said.
In all, National Park Service officials are permanently closing 30 acres to the public and park rangers. This area also includes the Big Lagoon.
"There is literature that suggests mustard containers were brought into the water. That was a prudent way to store mustard gas at the time because it doesn't mix with water," said Cmdr. Brian L. Cook, environmental and sustainability manager with the Public Health Service, National Park Service, out of the Atlanta, Ga., office.
While asbestos has shown to be a cancer causing agent, mustard gas is a blistering agent that attacks the eyes and respiratory systems, Cook said.
The military is in the process of destroying any reserves of the chemical, he said.
The National Park Service plans to contact the federal agency that handles site cleanups used at defense sites under a federally funded program, Cook said.
"I'm not sure what agency. I've never worked with them before," he said.
There will be phases to go through, studies to complete and several agencies coordinating with each other before the actual cleanup can occur, he said.
"The magnitude would be at my estimate some number of years to complete," Cook said. "This is not uncommon with hazardous waste sites."
One artist who has a direct influence on the nature and structure of this project is Walter Anderson.
After the Horn Island was opened to public use by the US Army in 1946, it was no longer used for biological weapons testing and more about that later, Walter would boat out and live on the island on and off until his death in 1965. Drawing and painting the native ecosystem. You can learn more about Walter by visting the links below.
Walter Anderson Museum http://www.walterandersonmuseum.org/
Walter Anderson Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Inglis_Anderson
"O God, thy sea is so great, and my boat is so small." — Prayer of Breton fishermen
You Guys Want to See the Boat
Exileration Class 100
Mostly i drew it with the circular saw from these plans.
TSA and their questions go together like beans and cornbread, or chitlins and potato salad, wieners and sauerkraut, hot dogs and mustard, or liver and onions, strawberries and shortcake, corn beef and cabbage, red beans and rice, bagels and lobster...
Boat float test passed. It should be able to fold a few hundred pounds. Stability test failed.
Stability issue is solved. Now with an outrigger the boat should be able to take a sail.
On this day Sabe was wearing a 4:3 wetsuit, which would of been just enough if he used it, but was too much for staying dry. The deeper the water the better it handles, but the test of 8-1 foot water passed and the draft even with ballast and the rest of the gear will be in inches. Once good paddles are purchased and finalize the design it will get around in these outer bank areas.
Center For Wooden Boats
The CWB, as it is called, is a hands-on maritime museum where every visitor has opportunities to engage in heritage experiences.
They have been very helpful to the project not only as a great place for inspiration, but Sabe has been using the boats in their livery and learned dead reckoning from one of the many classes the center offers.
If you are in Seattle take time to check it out.
The Island of fully funded has been reached.
But this isn't the final destination in the archipelago.
Now that this project is fully funded Sabe would like to make this the best movie he can. To get the ball rolling with only $500 another camera can be purchased. And after looking at the budget $7,000 is the number needed for a quality full-length cinematic film.
Right now the focus should just be on the next $500. When that is reached two things will happen: everyone who backed $5 and above will get temporary tattoos of "Dead Men Vote Twice at Elections" and the next goal will unlock the reward of naming the boat that will take Sabe into the Gulf.
Loose Lips Float Ships
So, tell your friends. Tell your neighbor. Comment and Like post on this project. Let Sabe know if you want postcards to pass out. It is time to step up the game.
"Dead Men Vote Twice at Elections" Design
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Risks and challenges
Lets be honest. It isn't overstating that Sabe is putting his life on the line. There are risks here. Luckily due to the nature of the project, it can be written off as production value. And will make a richer documentary. If for some reason Sabe will not be able to finish directing the film there are already plans in place to finish the film, the story might just change a bit. The production timeline might slide but there will be a film.
Rest assured that Sabe, as a visual artist, with many solo shows under his belt and is good at managing my projects. And even more importantly he knows when he need help and where to ask for it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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