This is photographic documentation of a collaborative project by Peggy Ann Jones and Jennifer J. Miller completed during the summer of 2009. At the heart of this multilayered piece are Miller's interest and concern for the Beluga whale, and Jones' continuing examination of plastic consumption and other environmental issues. The sculptures, evidenced in the photo documentation, were created during an intense, six day period in Miller's basement. They were constructed entirely from plastic consumer waste, such as water and beverage bottles. The sculptures were held together using thermoplastic adhesive.

On the morning of the seventh day, the sculptures were relocated to the loft of Miller's barn in Fair Oaks, California. The fluke (tail section) stood approximately four feet tall. The skeleton-like vertebrae sculpture, nine feet in length, was hung in suspension from the rafters. Climbing to the dusty, century-old hay loft was like stepping back in time. The sculptures became artifacts in an archeological site.

Record-breaking temperatures and the metal roof had an immediate effect upon the installation. By afternoon, the loft of the barn became a micro-environment reaching upwards of 160 degrees. In a matter of hours the sculptures began to fall.

Miller's prior research on the whale had revealed the fact that Belugas are on the endangered species list. Climate change is only one of the pressures on their survival as evidenced in the Field Study notes. It was agreed upon by both artists to accept the event as part of the piece. The Beluga remains can still be found in the hay loft, waiting to be recycled.

— Peggy Ann Jones


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