Saving the Deep – an installation by Jacha Potgieter
A stunning, topical and thought provoking installation in the cloisters of Chester Cathedral has been extended to Thursday 31 October 2019.
Created by North Wales artist, Jacha Potgieter, Saving The Deep features over ten sculptures each created from waste collected from just three beach visits. The artist has donated his time creating the installation in order to raise awareness of pollution in our seas, as part of Chester Cathedral’s year of extraordinary special events, waves.
All of the sculptures depict endangered species.
Jacha’s love of animals is a key thread to his work, as is, he says, his relationship with the world and the people within it. It makes social comment and can be challenging to some viewers. Through it all, Jacha returns to the subject of conservation. Two of Jacha’s key paintings were auctioned at an important evening with Sir David Attenborough, Virginia McKenna and Brian May, in support for Hope 4 Apes. Jacha is an ambassador for Orangutan Appeal UK and Ape Action Africa.
The recent hard hitting statistic that there will be more plastic than fish in the sea by 2050 has really spurred Jacha on to raise as much awareness as possible about the marine species directly affected by plastic pollution as well as harmful human actions such as longline fishing.
Entry is free. Donations are welcome. Exhibition closes 31 October.
October 26 – a family friendly talk in the cloisters with the artist about this exhibition. Priced £1 – tickets available on the Cathedral website.