A New Art Installation Illustrates a Changing Gulf of Maine
The Maine Magazine
Over this past summer, artist Pamela Moulton worked in her screened-in studio at Hewnoaks Artist Colony in Lovell, at the foothills of the White Mountains. Carefully deconstructing and reassembling fishing materials washed up from the ocean floor, she tells the story of the ghost gear that lies tumbling underwater, beyond what we can see from boats and beaches. At the same time, Andy Rosen, a South Portland– based artist, was working at the shop of fabricator and craftsman David Mahany. Bit by bit, pieces of plywood, driftwood, and sections of roots and branches grew to reveal the skeleton of a massive North Atlantic right whale, alive with movement and subtle color. Architect and sculptor Joe Hemes applied his knowledge of producing light-filled sculptural objects to create scientifically accurate depictions of bioluminescent ocean creatures. And Anna Dibble, the artist who spearheaded all of these activities, collaborated with educator Lee Chisholm to create three-dimensional bird forms while building and refining her plan for an immersive, ethereal installation of all these suspended sculptural objects that bridges art and science at East Boothbay’s Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences.
New art exhibit emphasizes human impact on Gulf of Maine’s littered and warming waters
December 27, 2021
WMTW TV Channel 8
Steve Minich, anchor
BOOTHBAY, Maine —
It is well-documented how warming waters and trash are impacting the Gulf of Maine.
It is those very issues that are portrayed in a new art exhibit at the Bigelow Laboratories for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay. The exhibit is two stories high and is a unique perspective of the Gulf of Maine ecosystem, a world beneath the surface.
Art installation at Bigelow Lab takes deep dive into ocean health
November 14, 2021
Portland Press Herald Sunday Telegram
A new, two-story exhibition features a life-size whale, comb jellies and ghost gear to highlight the beauty and perils of what’s happening below the ocean’s surface.
EAST BOOTHBAY — Anna Dibble looked up at the 24-foot wooden North Atlantic right whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and allowed herself a moment of satisfaction.
“It looks stunning,” she said.
New Installation Fuses Art and Science to Share Ocean Wonder
November 4, 2021
Bigelow Laboratory Press Release
A new two-story art installation that celebrates ocean life in the Gulf of Maine and the scientific efforts to understand it will open at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences on Nov. 9. “Majestic Fragility” was created by Gulf of Maine EcoArts artists, in collaboration with ocean scientists and students from across the state.
USM ART Students participate in Gulf of Maine EcoArts project
April 20, 2021
USM Art Department
This project is an art/science/educational initiative that focuses on the changes in biodiversity in the Gulf of Maine due to climate change and other human impact. It was initiated by artist Anna Dibble who is collaborating with other artists, scientists, teachers and exhibition designers to implement the program.
A Freeport artist and her team step up to address the warming sea
June 15, 2020
Portland Press Herald
COVID-19 has curtailed some of the early activities of Gulf of Maine Ecoarts, but the project continues.
Two years ago, the artist Anna Dibble helped create and paint a 7-foot-long Atlantic Cod from paper mache. She joined members of the climate justice group 350Maine as they gave the fish a funeral march through Portland’s Old Port, accompanied by a New Orleans-style jazz band. There were eulogies and songs on the steps of City Hall for the old cod, all designed to call attention to the growing toll of climate change in the Gulf of Maine.
Science/visual arts collaboration: seventh graders contribute models to traveling exhibition
March 9, 2020
The Waynflete Wire
In 2019, Portland artist Anna Dibble began planning a collaborative public art installation to help promote stewardship and awareness by reconnecting people with the natural world. The multi-year art/science/education initiative would focus specifically on biodiversity changes in the Gulf of Maine caused by climate change and other human impacts. Anna founded the organization Gulf of Maine EcoArts to coordinate the effort.