Maldive Table

I have been working on a series of pieces about climate change, which is the moral issue of our age, with the survival of life on earth, as we know it, at stake.  The series of pieces I have been working on I have called The Canaries In The Coal Mine. This, of course, refers to the practice that coal miners used to safeguard themselves.  They would bring a canary in a cage into the mines, and if it collapsed and died, it meant the air was bad, perhaps an explosion, or an excess of carbon monoxide building up, and that they better get out fast.  This, for me, is a good working model for what we face on Earth right now with the burning of fossil fuels.  We have "canaries" all around us.

The Maldives is a coral archipelago southwest of the tip of India.  The average elevation, on the many islands is about four feet, and the highest less than eight.  There are over 300,000 citizens of the Maldives, and they are now looking for where to move their country when later in this century, the seas will rise to cover their home.

This table is made of coconut palm plywood (the coconut palm is their national tree), anodized aluminum in the colors of their flag, white, red and green, and the carvings of the map or chart of the principal islands is gold leafed.