In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, divisions of the County’s Community Services and Public Works departments come together to raise awareness about sustainable practices with, “Entangled Waters,” a public, visual art installation presented in the archway of the Santa Barbara County Courthouse (1100 Anacapa St.).
The multimedia installation, produced by a team of local artists, alludes to Michelangelo’s famed panel in the Sistine Chapel, “The Flood,” and invokes the tangled web of humanity and sea life, offering a visceral, artistic experience of our oceans filled with plastics and other pollutants. With this immersive visual, the project aims to bring attention to how each citizen is responsible for the health of Santa Barbara’s many watersheds and ecosystems.
“Entangled Waters” is executively produced by environmental steward Lamara Heartwell, and features the concepts and choreography of director Robin Bisio, as well as the designs of Anaya Cullen. Cinematographer and editor Ethan Turpin works closely with Carter Sisney, for lighting and camera support. Underwater performances are done by dancers Heartwell, Turpin, Kaita Lepore, Erick Mrazek, and Kweisi Petillo. Accompanying the entire experience is a haunting score of bass, saw, and voice, performed live by Jim Connolly.
The installation is open to the public on the evenings of April 13 and 14, beginning shortly after dusk. For more information, visit http://www.sbac.ca.gov/entangled-waters/.
— Jessica Morelli