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sea-change (turn of the tide)

armadillozenith

Dunfermline, United Kingdom

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Another view is here.

The sea has receded, leaving this discarded supermarket trolley embedded in the beach; left high and dry, as if to testify to the folly in man’s reckless consumption and waste in disregard of the environment.

“There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.. "

I believe we do see change in current attitudes.. growing environmental awareness.. more turning to ways of living that are ecologically considerate and fulfilling; away from heedless material consumption that’s unsustainable and empty of value.

Whether willed or not, such change is likely eventually to be imposed, by nature. Maybe for the best!

“Nothing of him that doth fade,
But doth suffer a Sea-change
Into something rich & strange.
Sea-Nymphs hourly ring his knell..”

This trolley, having reached the end of its former role, acquires now a new value as a symbol; transformed by the sea, it can serve us as a pointer to better living, a herald of wiser ways to be found.

(quotes from Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’ & ‘The Tempest’)

Taken on Kirkcaldy beach, 21st April 2009; handheld Sony Cybershot DSC-S730.

Artwork Comments

  • sterenborg
  • Valerie Anne Kelly
  • Stephen Mitchell
  • armadillozenith
  • valandsnake
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  • RichImage
  • sentimentum
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