Straws
Amplifying Awareness Through Art

Please join Now Art LA for our latest collaboration with the artist James Peterson for ‘STRAWS,’ the public, traveling free-flowing sculpture that celebrates the ban of plastic straws to save our oceans. Your donation helps us install and de-install the piece as it travels through Southern California, with additional proceeds going towards our non-profit partners, Surfrider Foundation and Shark Allies.

ARTIST STATEMENT

“My art is in a place between science and the organic, representing the dualities of our world that in tension and seemingly at odds with itself.

Art is an experience, and my focus is on creating sculptures that are immersive and inspire us to commune together and share these moments.  I am chasing a feeling, one of joy, elation, calm, and of being at ease, which have become more difficult to achieve in this media dominant time.

I explore patterns color and forms found in nature, these are the seeds of my sculptures. The art I create is experiential  and strives to synthesize the space into sculpture. Simultaneously the materials I create with are extremely important, the blend between synthetic and natural materials is of interest to me particularly in this disposable mindset the world is in.  Plastic waste and objects can be brought together in a patterned and repetitive way that transform the current form into something magical. Through expressing my societal concerns in subtle beautiful form my hope is to inspire us to look more carefully at our habits of waste, and transform our perspective.  Today connection, recognition, and intimacy are all in the decline. There is so much conflict, anger, and war in the world we often just want to hide from the weight of reality. This void is why creating art that unites people to create a space of connection, empathy and growth.”

– James Peterson

  • On View: June 2018
  • Location: Malibu Country Mart, City of Malibu and Grand Park LA
  • Artist: James Peterson
  • RSVP: rsvp@nowartla.org
Our volunteer positions are for those who want to have experience in assisting and learning about the creation of public artworks and artists.  Thank you for your interest! 

BECOME AN ACTIVE SPONSOR OF THIS INITIATIVE

All contributions are welcome – we will place your name on this page as a listed sponsor for making this pledge to support art that increases awareness to solve social and environmental issues! Let us know who you are!

Donors: $1 and up – Name or logo placed on our YouCaring page

: $30 and up – Name or logo placed on our YouCaring page, and a custom NOW Art journal.

Significant Donors: $100 and up – Will have your logo placed on the website and marketing materials.

Substantial Donors: $500 and up – will have your logo placed on the plaque that travels with the art piece.

All contributions are welcome – we will place your name on this page as a listed sponsor for making this pledge to support art that amplifies issues! Let us know who you are! Significant Donors $100 and Up- will have their logo placed on the website and marketing materials
Substantial Donors $500 and Up- will have their logo placed on the plaque where the sculpture is showcased. We are ACTIVELY COLLECTING plastic straws from businesses that support this initiative ahead of the ban, and through beach cleanups with our partner organizations at Shark Allies, Surfriders and more! Reach out to be a participant and learn more: info@nowartla.org