The Spill Smiths is a two-part awareness project created in response to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Part one is an art, jewelry, and video installation project that will be held at Mr. Beast Gallery in Savannah, Georgia, November 4 – 9, 2010. The designs are complete, 1500 brooches have been cut, and now they are being assembled and constructed

Part two is an online interactive education platform, which includes the information about the spill, documentation of the Savannah project, and an online retail store where visitors can buy jewelry to support clean-up efforts. Funds raised are dedicated to charitable organizations operating in the Gulf to mitigate the damage inflicted by the spill.

The Spill Smiths are: Bongsang Cho, Gabriel Craig, Jillian Daleiden, Ryan Holandes, Seonyong Lee, and
Hsiang-Ting Yen with the volunteer assistance of the Metals and Jewelry Student Association at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Here is a peek inside this project as it is developing.



Quoting The Spill Smiths website:

“This petroleum-based material is aesthetically challenging. The fluid movement is enticing, but it is a tactile nightmare. To touch it is to recognize on a visceral, animal level, how lethal the oil must be as it relentlessly smothers every wrinkle of your skin. The stickiness is astonishing, quite genuinely terrifying. Which is why we use gloves to tease out the properties of this material. Here are some images from our early curiosities:”



"Bay of Campeche 1979" - 140 Million Gallons

"Prince William Sound 1989" - 11 Million Gallons

"South Korea 2007" - 3 Million Gallons

"The Gulf of Mexico" 2010 - 185 Million Gallons

Many thanks to Amy Tavern for informing me of The Spill Smiths on her blog. Please consider sharing this link to raise awareness.


6 Responses

    Kathy says:

    Wow. Very interesting blog. What a creative, artistic way to deal with the oil spill.

    Anonymous says:

    I was surprised that these brooches are only $10 a piece. You can also get all four designs for $40. And support environmental action. And have a fantastic new piece of jewelry. I’m going to get mine now!

    Anonymous says:

    I love it! Great Christmas gifts too- it looks like they’ve gone down in price since you posted!

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