Gold King Paddles

In an effort to raise awareness for the Gold King Mine spill that devastated the Animas River Valley, I created this series of paddles to show the effects on the watershed, the mountain ecosystems, and our community as a whole. A bit about the process. We took the salvaged canoe paddles, sanded them down, removed excess paint and varnish then stabilized any cracks to prevent them from splitting further. Once prepped, we painted the paddles white to show cleanliness. Then we tried to mix an orange that was similar to the color of the river days after the spill. Then we painted the paddle blades to show the water line as if someone were using them on the river. The stark contrast between the white and orange are eye-catching. 

Selected Works

American WhitewaterComing Soon

Topographic SnowboardsArt Direction

Shanta Foundation WebsiteWeb Development

Lone StarBranding Systems

DC KAYAKArt Direction

Gold King PaddlesSocial Awareness

Love Vs. HateSocial Awareness

Gavelda WebsiteWeb Development

Kronicle MagazineEditorial Design

Mouth ClosedSocial Awareness

Happy MealSocial Awareness

Car CrashPackaging

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