Armed with 500 feet of inflatable scarlet tubing and a camera, Doron Gazit is drawing attention to environmental disasters around the world. In ecosystems where human activity has crossed the line between the sustainable use of resources and outright exploitation, the Los Angeles–based artist transforms those metaphorical turning points into literal red lines.
Nowadays, Gazit says, “Nature is my canvas.” His inflatable-based works include Sculpting the Wind, in which inflatable sleeves reveal the movement of the wind; “Hi-Lights,” a series of playful, illuminated decorative pieces; and, of course, the Red Line Project. Gazit has placed his supersize red lines at the dwindling Dead Sea, melting icebergs in Alaska, California’s drought-ravaged San Joaquin Valley, the shrinking Salton Sea, and other imperiled places. When Gazit leaves, the tubing goes with him, leaving no trace on the landscape.
Some of his upcoming canvases include the rainforests of Borneo, where slash-and-burn deforestation is clearing land for palm oil plantations, and the Aral Sea, a victim of river diversion and drought. “This is only the beginning for the Red Line Project,” Gazit says. Unfortunately, there are too many sites from which to choose.
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