VISITORS to the Oak Hill Gallery in Mornington have the opportunity to explore Antarctica visually and learn about the changing environment.
With Antarctica containing 90 per cent of the Earth’s ice, the region is a major cooling factor for the Earth.
Artist Glenda Pitt, who says the Antarctica is also under threat from climate change and warming weather, has put together a fascinating exhibition showcasing her interpretations of parts of Antarctica as she imagines them to be; vast, desolate and freezing – down to minus 40 degrees celsius.
Her exhibition has a strong environmental message, and is a stark waring of what may be the Earth’s future under a changing climate.
“The whiteness of Antarctic’s ice reflects heat and the Ozone layer in the stratosphere above Antarctica prevents the sun’s rays from overheating us,” she said.
“Due to excess global emissions of CO2 this Ozone layer is shrinking and thinning, thereby letting more of the sun’s heat through. It’s like leaving the fridge door open – and guess what happens next?”
Pitt said all profits from sales will go to welfare organisation Fusion Australia that supports the Mornington Peninsula’s homeless youth.
Oak Hill Gallery is at 100 Mornington-Tyabb Rd, Mornington. Phone 5973 4299.