Highlights from 2016 Inaugural Year

From 2016, the inaugural year for The Art of Sustainability.

Kinetic art consisted of beautiful large-scale sculptures which move in response to the environment – driven by wind, water or solar energy – that encouraged us to think about environmental issues and sustainability. This remains the goal of the event – to use this art and world-renowned speakers to engage the local community in dialogue about issues of sustainability.

“One of Palm Bay’s greatest assets is its unspoiled, natural environment and proximity to the Indian River Lagoon,” said Palm Bay Mayor William Capote. “This event will provoke debate around issues surrounding the Lagoon, while highlighting Palm Bay’s assets.”

The Art of Sustainability in 2016 featured:

Art of Sustainability Symposium with nationally-recognized speakers and scholars discussing issues tied to the environment and sustainability.

Speakers included:
·      Marty Baum, Indian Riverkeeper
·      Trevor Gibson, Environmental Advantage (U.K. via Skype)
·      Ralfonso Gschwend, Kinetic Artist
·      Professor Wendy Anderson, Stetson University
·      Chad Pregracke, Keynote Speaker & Renowned Environmentalist
·      Keith Winsten, Brevard Zoo
·      Patricia Watts, ecoartspace
·      Panel with Moderator Jim Waymer, FLORIDA TODAY
Florida Tech Professors Dr.Systems) and Dr. Ken Lindeman (Education and Interdisciplinary Studies)

Family Fun Days featured interactive fundisplay, an electric car show, food trucks and more!

Exhibitors at the event included:

  • Avalon Hydroponic Farms
  • Aqua-Magnetics (AMI)
  • Blue Life
  • Brevard County Recycling
  • Brevard Zoo
  • Bridges eCycling – As part of the Art of Sustainability, Bridges Recycle Facility will have a collection point at the event for people to discard their old electronics…computers, monitors, printers, etc.  There will even be a hard drive shredder at the event so people who have been keeping old hard drives for years can bring them to the event and actually see them get shredded.
  • City of Palm Bay Utilities
  • Excel Solar Inc.
  • Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program
  • Jesse Etelson, EcoArtist and Art Educator
  • Keep Brevard Beautiful
  • KiteWorld
  • Mission: Clean Beaches
  • Odyssey Charter School
  • Recycle Brevard
  • Reuseable Resources Adventure Center
  • Sea Turtle Preservation Society
  • Space Coast EV Drivers
  • Think Humanity

Art of Sustainability Kinetic Sculpture Exhibition .

Featured artists included:
·      Tom Brewitz, Minneapolis, Minnesota
·      Lin Emery, New Orleans, Louisiana
·      Ralfonso Gschwend, Geneva, Switzerland & West Palm Beach, Florida
·      Jeff Kahn, Lenshartsville, Pennsylvania

Featured Kinetic Artists
• Tom Brewitz
• Lin Emery
• Ralfonso “Ralf” Gschwend
• Jeff Kahn

Featured Speakers
• Chad Pregracke, Keynote Speaker & Renowned Environmentalist
• Wendy Anderson, Stetson University
• Marty Baum, Waterkeeper Alliance
• Trevor Gibson, Environmental Advantage (U.K.)
• Ralfonso Gschwend, Kinetic Artist
• Keith Winsten, Brevard Zoo