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Jonathan Stanich: Lei ‘Opala Kala

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Jonathan Stanich: Lei ‘Opala Kala

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What inspired this creation – This lei was inspired by a lei limu kala, a lei woven of brown seaweed used in a ceremony of forgiveness (ho’oponopono). Traditionally the lei limu kala is released into the ocean with the idea that as it dissolves, our burdens dissolve with it.

Limu was a regular component of ancient Hawaiian life, much like how plastic is a regular component of our modern society.  While limu is collected from the ocean and coastal area, so were all the materials used to make this lei. Humans have had a devastating impact on our Earth by polluting it with plastic, to the point that plastic has become irreversibly integrated into our environment, and beaches today are covered in plastic and other man made trash.

I chose to use beach trash as the materials for the lei to make a statement about the negative human impact on Earth’s environment. The blue color of the lei represents the ocean, which is where a significant amount of pollution occurs and where the materials were found. This lei limu kala made of plastic is a metaphor for humans asking for forgiveness for polluting the Earth.

The ends of the lei are finished with two rounded pieces of beach plastic that have been eroded to the point of resembling rocks. The lei shows the transition over time from jagged blue plastic to the rounded and weathered plastic that it will eventually become.

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