Every hater out there who gives me a hard time about being from Iowa can shut the hell up, beginning right now. Actually, you should have begun shutting your mouth when the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. Or you could all have shut up when you were learning about Iowan abolitionists, and their central role in the Underground Railroad. But this is the final straw: none of you may ever mock Iowa again, period, shut up.
Yes, haters, look on in wonder at what my home town of Dubuque, IA is doing to raise consciousness following the Gulf oil spill (h/t ES):
DUBUQUE, Iowa — An empty 40,000-gallon fish tank.
The oil spill in the Gulf inspired officials at Dubuque’s National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium to change part of the new $40 million museum expansion, set to open June 26.
“The Gulf exhibit will not open as a celebration of a vibrant, life-filled Gulf; instead it will be empty and completely devoid of life,” museum officials said in a statement Friday. “This should cause everyone to pause and consider the delicate balance of life in our oceans.”
This strikes me as some sort of museum/art installation hybrid gone wonderfully right. It’s important for those of us not in the Gulf region to be reminded that ecosystems are connected and fragile, and there is little more social relevance a museum can seek than to inspire activism in those who attend the exhibits.
Apologies are welcome in comments.