About Rebecca Welti
Planktos, from ancient Greek = Drifter
I carve these extraordinary organisms with awe and a deep awareness of our shared beginnings in the primeval oceanic soup.
Despite their extremely small size and short lives, plankton are vital to our own survival. In fact, these microscopic heroes are producing 75% of the oxygen on our planet. Floating at the ocean’s surface, billions of plankton are continuously creating oxygen from sunlight while providing food for other plankton, fish and whales.
Mostly unseen and overlooked, plankton have found their outspoken friend and champion in me. Their lives and the health of their ocean habitat is my lifelong priority.
I utilize art and marine science to reveal the fascinating nature and personality of plankton. By creating playful public sculpture and hands-on educational materials, my work inspires people to love and protect the organisms that make life on earth possible.
When individual plankton are made large enough to walk under and climb on, the magnitude and consequence of their existence can be appreciated. We can immerse ourselves in the ocean among the vulnerable creatures and recognize their relevance to our own existence. Children, especially, can engage through games and science-based comics and learn the names of the tiny warriors just as they do dinosaurs.
The Jurassic is over, however, and the Age of Plankton is upon us! Using bold artistic images and captivating science to tell their stories, plankton easily become irresistible subjects for public spaces, schools, aquariums and homes.