Artist Has Been Sending Daily Letters To The Ocean For The Past 13 Years
This artist has been sending daily letters to the ocean for the past 13 years and the results are unique and full of meaning. Pittsburg-based artist John Peña started this art project back in 2003 and since then he has been sending daily letters addressed to the Pacific Ocean.
Over 3,000 letters later, he still didn’t receive a different response fro the US Postal Service, other than ‘no such place exists’. This really gets us thinking about the ocean and how it is perceived. Of course it doesn’t have an address, but writing that the Ocean does not exist on official government papers really send out a message. Talk about where ocean pollution is heading to…
While travelling, John Peña announced on his Instagram account that he had forgotten to bring the same type of envelopes with him, which he send on a daily basis. A friend suggested he should try mixing things up a little and start sending different-sized envelopes addressed to the ocean.
Although he declined the suggestion at first, his friend managed to convince him. “Really? I thought the ocean would like variety”, his friend said. The artist’s response was straight to the point – “You’re right.”
By using the hashtag #changetakestime, the artist wrote, “now after 12 years of sending the same size letter, I’m finally mixing it up!” Change really does take a lot of time, but luckily, the ocean has shown a lot of patience with mankind and our doings. Let’s just hope that in the near future we’ll still have an ocean to send letters to, even if we’ll never see a response.