Global Art Installations Take Aim At Climate Change
This week the first global planetary art show: 350 EARTH took off, launching numerous climate-themed art installations in locations all over the world. The large-scale public exhibition comes right before the UN climate talks taking place on November 28th in Cancun, Mexico and was arranged by grassroots organization 350.org, who’s name represents reducing carbon dioxide in the air from 390 parts per million (ppm) to under 350 ppm.
The installations (as seen in the gallery above) include residents in Santa Fe holding giant blue posters in a dried up riverbed, while the New York installation brings to light the flooded New York/New Jersey coastline’s 23-foot rise in sea level. On Sunday, citizens of Los Angeles formed a giant eagle taking flight over a field of solar panels, and over a hundred people in Vancouver gathered to form a giant, green footprint in the middle of the city. On Monday, children in Mexico City created a giant hurricane and today schoolchildren in New Delhi will depict climate change as “the giant elephant in the room.” Thom Yorke, the lead singer of Radiohead, is coordinating the UK event taking place on Saturday, organizing thousands of people to depict King Canute, who unsuccessfully tried to conquer the ocean.
Events and installations will unfold in Iceland, Australia, Egypt, and South Africa throughout the rest of the week, click here to see if your city is one of the 16 to participate. All of the projects will be visible from space thanks to DigitalGlobal, who will be documenting the project by satellite. 350.org suggests more ways to get involved here.
Bill Mckibben, 350.org founder and environmental author summed up the project’s essence: “Art can convey in a different way than science the threat that climate change poses to our planet. The world’s best scientists have tried to wake up politicians to the climate crisis, now we’re counting on artists to help.”