The Ocean is Calling: Awesome Plankton

Awesome Plankton
What happens in the sea is of out of sight out of mind, but the microscopic world of plankton greatly affects us as humans.  Plankton is the most significant life form on the planet and NASA has confirmed from satellites in space that marine phytoplankton produce at least 50% of the total oxygen we breathe. But, due to human activity the Earth’s oceans are beginning to warm and turn acidic, endangering plankton and the entire marine food chain.
Wonderful start for the series ‘The Ocean is Calling’ in Fountain Alley downtown San Jose. The first night was ‘Awesome Plankton’, the occasion to play with cool props and learn about these amazing animals and plants we depend and that are (mostly) invisible.
Visitors were invited to participate, play behind the screen with props and wearables, make their own shadow puppet, and/or watch. ‘Awesome Plankton’, is part of ‘The Ocean is Calling’, a series of 4 events, 4 consecutive Fridays, from 6 to 9pm, in Fountain Alley, downtown San Jose.

With artists Corinne Takara and Lauren Cage. Corinne Takara created wearables (gloves and harnesses) and Lauren Cage proposed to the visitors to create a self-illuminated shadow puppet with an LED. AYA (Alliance for Youth Achievement) Youth Leaders help and were responsible for a shadow puppet making activity, and activating the large stage when there were less visitors.

This project is made possible with a grant from the California Arts Council.

Material: large shadow theatre with LED lights, 2 small shadow theatre, LED lights, coin cell batteries, skewers, cardboard, black paper.

Alliance for Youth Achievement website page for the event here.


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