Sunday, March 6, 2011
On April 20, 2010, an explosion occurred on a drilling rig licensed to BP, the Deepwater Horizon. The BP oil spill is one of the largest oil spills in our history, with 4.9 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. Mike Mitchell had a fantastic idea to use a current, well known cartoon icon to symbolize the effect that the oil spill had on marine life. His choice of character: Spongebob. Genius? Yes. By using Spongebob, an innocent cartoon, he was able to push that overall feeling of sympathy to his viewers on how real marine life was dying due to the extensive amounts of oil spilled. I believe this was very successful in showing how BP's mistake had a huge impact on marine life and their habitats. His limited color palette is successful in that the focus is Spongebob's dead body surrounded by the sludge of brown oil. His caption on the bottom of the image adds to the drama of the overall composition.
Posted by Gustavo Garcia at 3:52 PM