No Time to Waste.
Eco-Art Competition 2021.

Calling all artists ages 5-22. Use your creativity to help sustain our world!

*Submissions received must be in English

* Due to U.S. regulations, cash prizes awarded outside of the United States are subject to review and may not be eligible for cash award.

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Modern Day Hourglass
By Lizzy Orey
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2021 - Division III (Ages 14-18)

In my piece, Modern Day Hourglass, I didn’t’t just want to do a Standard Clock to represent the theme of “No time to waste”, rather I wanted to provide a different view of the manner by using the symbol of the Hourglass. The Hourglass has two key purposes/meanings. One of which is to show time, rather than tell it. It was created to enforce time and show the importance that it had by showing the grains of sand moving from time left vs. time that has passed. The second meaning of the hourglass is that they represent the ever-changing landscape of ones surroundings. In my piece both of these meanings are shown. For the first meaning, you can see the beauty of the ocean for what we have left, and below we see that there is all of the waste that is being sourced from it/leaving it. This represents the quality of our oceans and what could become of them, if we continue to wait. The second meaning is represented by the drastic change in color and the shape of the hourglass. If you look at the drawing you see that the hourglass is in the shape of a crushed water bottle, which in past hourglasses, have been perfect glass spheres. Secondly the drastic change in color from the top of the hourglass to the bottom, shows the ever-changing landscape of the ocean. Therefore, my piece connects not only to the theme because of time, but also the idea of waste and how it affects our planet. The main elements that I wanted to use is contrast in color and the use of an active problem that our world encounters on a daily basis, that being waste/pollution in our oceans. This environmental issue means very much to me because I have always loved ocean life since I was very young. I have always been interested in marine life and have found myself being an advocate for it ever since I have found out the unfortunate truth of what it has become, due to waste. I hope that when people see this art, they see more than just the ocean and waste, but see the idea of the time we have left to change that. There is just as much waste in our oceans than the time we have wasted not fixing it, that is what I want others to remember.