Margaret Craig exhibited The Albatross at Luminaria 2016 at San Antonio’s Hays Street Bridge on November 10, a live performance of her Great Trash Reef installation.
The Albatross references Samuel Coleridge’s poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. In the poem, a sailor has killed an albatross, a sign of good luck to mariners, and must wear the dead albatross around his neck as penance.
With all the trash humans have dumped into the oceans, nature will evolve new life forms to take advantage of this abundant resource of plastic. The increase of CO2 in the air is causing not just global warming, but is also reducing the availability of calcium for shell and reef formation. Perhaps plastic will replace calcium for these new creatures. ~Margaret Craig
Other Featured Artists
Aerial Horizon, ARCOS, Brett Elmendorf (r26D), Calico Club, David Hale, Diego Bernal and Ernest Gonzalez, Joan Frederick, Kara Salinas, and The Hays Bridge Poets.