Laura Parks

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I started the “BLING” project as an adjunct to my Ocean Respect Campaign (ORCa) project. I have been walking and hiking pretty much every day for decades. I hike for spiritual, mental, physical, and emotional health. When ORCa materialized, I felt motivated to collect items on my walks. It became the “walking the talk” component of ORCa. When I pick a thing up I know it won’t end up in an animal’s stomach. Or nose. Or throat. Items I pick up are deemed “bling worthy” by me. Wrappers and cigarette butts are ubiquitous, but not “bling worthy.” For art purposes, I choose unusual, colorful, whimsical, sparkly, or weird items. At times friends and family members have tried to give me “bling.” I never accepted it. I appreciated their enthusiasm for my project, but everything had to be found by me. For integrity and poignancy, everything in my “bling” project must be found outside on the ground by me and assembled by me lending my artistic signature. Finally, the use of minimal and cruelty-free materials adds to the integrity of “BLING.” I believe people, especially children, will be impacted by the fun and playful delivery of a serious issue.

Laura Parks

 

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