Kim Abeles

Run-off Dolphin Suitcase

 

Abeles collected trash washed up on Venice and Dockweiler State Beaches to construct the dolphin-shaped suitcase. Her goal was to educate people, particularly children, on the effects of run-off in Santa Monica Bay in order to convey a message of pollution prevention. For many years, Abeles carried the Dolphin Suitcase into classrooms. The performance with the sculptural "prop" was typically followed by an art workshop with kids using recyclables as art materials. In 2001, Lux Art Institute purchased the sculpture as part of their school outreach program, and volunteers take it into classrooms with other valises commissioned by the Institute. 
 

The Suitcase

The sculpture is made of items ranging from drinking straws to motor oil containers that flow through the urban catch basins to the beaches following rainstorms.