Monday, August 06, 2012

Freedive


"Humans are suspended in this interesting place between man-made and organic. We have an almost instinctive impulse to revisit nature, to return to water, to seek balance with the world"
- Chelsea Stephen & Uto Iha

Freediving is a form of diving whence the diver attempts to achieve great depths on a single breath. There are no snorkels, no dive tanks and no breathing apparati to assist; just the power of the swimmer's lungs and stamina of their body.  My sister, Chelsea, who's passion for the ocean runs deeper than anyone I know, developed a love of freediving when she lived in the Bahamas.  Some of you who follow this blog and our Facebook Page closely might even know that she is also an artist...

This week in Portland, Oregon her artistic installation Freedive has opened and it is amazing.  An adamant subscriber of the mantra "reduce, reuse, recycle" her labor of love is a true vision created by 751 plastic bottles, 674 glass bottles, and 31 gallons of water.  Her talent as a visionary and artist is incredible to me.  If any of you are in the Portland area this month, check it out at Good: A Gallery at 4325 N. Mississippi Ave.  If not, check out the pictures below and be sure to visit her Tumblr page to see her brilliance on a regular basis.

"Freedive is a mystifying underwater snapshot that will take your breath away. The immediate message is simple: with some attention our trash can be transformed into beautiful resources. Upon diving deeper, it's less about trash-to-treasure and more about the desire to return to a more natural order."

 Chelsea, I love you. You never cease to amaze and inspire me.





Love,
Brittany, Scott & Isla

6 comments:

bonnie said...

That is BEAUTIFUL. Reminds me of an installation they have at the Winter Garden in the World Financial Center - I loved it, I took pictures, I'll have to see if I can find them when I go home tonight - I'll do a post if I can.

bonnie said...

Found it!

Your sister's looks more beautiful, though.

Windtraveler said...

Bonnie!! Thanks so much for appreciating my sisters hard work and sharing that beautiful chandelier you saw - how cool would it be if it was made out of sea glass? And how cool is it that you THOUGHT a bunch of recycled plastic bottles were sea glass? Pretty neat. Thanks again, my sister will be happy :)

Tom Spellman said...

I'm assuming from the composition of the photo that the silhouettes (shadows?) on the wall in the second photo are an integral part of the piece and not an accident of ambient light. Correct? Undoubtedly, a lot of work and imagination went into these displays. Nice!

Chelsea Stephen said...

love you sisto! thanks for the post! indeed a lot of work went into this and I'm so lucky to have a family that supports me so incredibly! love you!

Anonymous said...

First your blog is great...livin the dream. Just went to see your sisters work in Portland. Very cool, only a lover of the sea would really get it. Next one should be a walk through, let the perspective and lighting change as you walk through.

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