“One is a circle. The eternal circle, the life cycle, the zero, emptiness, wholeness, fullness, and renewal. The circle also suggests a ripple, the consequences of action."
With the TimeShrines series, Anne wants to emphasize the existence and importance of the interconnection between the various threats posed by the Anthropocene: the smoke from mega fires in California or Siberia can pollute the air on the other side of the planet. A melting glacier in Antarctica increases the risk of rising seas in Italy.
“You toss a bottle on one continent and you find it on a wild beach across the world. it gets eaten by a fish and the fish ends up on your plate.”
The behaviors of people, our behaviors, even if we are scattered in various corners of the world, are strongly connected: the choices we make every day in the cities (for example the consumption of meat) change the life of species such as the polar bear living in the North Pole ... The CO2 emissions from our car end up in the atmosphere and increase the warming of the whole planet ... A saved tree can absorb up to 30 kg of CO2 per year ... The fertilizers used for agriculture on the highlands ends up in rivers and then in the Ocean...
“The world has never been so small. Never have we been so powerful.”
Each TimeShrine is different but the message of the installation with its symbols, which is repeated in each image, reminds us that each story is linked to another, that there is only one story for the world of tomorrow.
We must learn to invent and innovate starting from the importance of the environment for our survival.
And, with a sense of responsibility, recognize the importance of our choices as individuals and the value of direct action, of commitment in one's community: our room, our property, neighborhood, school, office, city... Everyone at all ages can make a difference. It just depends on our choices.
“We are the circle, sharing one planet, one future.”