This one has little bits of my daughter’s smashed cell phone scattered about in the real sand (actually Pumice) in the foreground. At first glance, it might appear the painting is about the spill the robot has apparently taken while skateboarding.
However, on closer inspection, you will note that there are Exxon and BP oil stickers on the skateboard. You will also notice the word VALDEZ written in the graffiti on the wall (lower right) and the number 11 written on the wall (center). The Exxon Valdez ruptured 8 of its 11 cargo tanks and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine waters of Prince William Sound. The oil spill spread a whopping 11,000 square miles. In the months after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Exxon employees, federal responders and more than 11,000 Alaska residents worked to clean up the oil spill. It is the 2nd largest oil spill in history.
The largest oil spill in history is the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. The initial oil rig explosion which started BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 people and injured 17 others. By the time the well was capped off, an estimated 1,100 miles of shoreline were polluted. Some 1,100 whales and dolphins had been found stranded by 2015, a figure representing only a tiny percentage of the animals affected.
As you can see the number 11 plays a big role in painting number 11 in my robot series.