bpa hyatt

John Wesley Hyatt is a recurring character in my sculptural repertoire. While I was able to reuse existing molds in the creation of this new and improved figure, there was significant manipulation required with the cast bronze elements. This reuse of previous components aided in the development of new ideas while maintaining an overall cohesive sculptural output. Hyatt worked with polymers but not Bisphenol-A specifically; he is just an unfortunate victim of my artistic license. The three arms appeared in a previous work, "Hyatt's Garden," and were originally designed to reference some sort of "bad" science, or misguided polymeric developments where morality was superceded by some monetary based bottom line. The number of arms was also a nod of respect to three contemporary artists working with concepts I found motivating. These artists are Stelarc, Rona Pondick, and Dan Webb. "Hyatt's Garden" attempted to investigate cellulosic biomass' pros and cons with green tinted polymer coated hands. BPA Hyatt's height has grown with the ever-expanding issues I address with sculpture. The obvious spikes and/or bumps are my effort to illustrate the endocrine disruption and reproductive damage that elevated levels of Bisphenol-A may have on humans. BPA is used in the manufacture of polycarbonates and epoxies. These two materials have numerous food applications, as well as, medical and a host of other consumer goods. The actual transfer of the BPA from the polymer to humans is somewhat unclear, but it is my thought that compromising polymers optimal operating environmental conditions may result in undesirable outcomes. The polished surface of BPA Hyatt was, again, employed to provide an eye-catching finish and a reflective quality intended to communicate the idea that our lives and the lives of others are valuable. Additionally, there must be a social responsibility among us all; utilizing the skills we possess, to further a healthy, efficient, and prosperous environment.

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