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Honoring Earth Day

Today we celebrate #EarthDay as a reminder to protect the environment, restore damaged ecosystems and live a more sustainable life.

In honor of Earth Day, we are showcasing artist Gabriel Delgado, an academic and scholarly researcher whose work brings much needed awareness to political and environmental tragedies.

X-Press Pearl was a Singapore-registered Super Eco 2700–class container ship. On May 20, 2021, X-Press Pearl caught fire off the coast of Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The vessel, carrying over 1,486 containers, became fully engulfed in flames on May 27, 2021. After burning for 12 days, the vessel sank on June 2, 2021. As it burned and sank, it spilled its cargo, including 378 tons of oil, 25 tons of nitric acid, and 171,000 pounds of low-density plastic pellets.

It is currently responsible for the deaths of over 176 turtles, 20 dolphins, 4 whales, and thousands of fish. The incident was deemed the worst marine ecological disaster in Sri Lankan history, impacting this busy port city with not only chemical ruin that caused acid rains, but affected the lives of over 4,300 families with a temporary fishing ban that was caused by the non-biodegradable plastic pellet pollution.


Gabriel Delgado

XPress Pearl Cargo Ship, 2021

Ink, Chalk, Graphite on Paper

22 x 30 x 3 in


For more information on works by Gabriel Delgado please contact Burgess Modern and Contemporary at 954-524-2100






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