"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.
Brittany, Scott & Isla