Can art save the planet? - Environmental art and you
Can art make you think differently about your responsibility to the planet?
1. Paulo Grangeon: Panda Installation- Travelling exhibit
French sculptor Paulo Grangeon has achieved something amazing with his traveling exhibition started in 2008, “Pandas on Tour.” The project’s 1,600 papier-mâché pandas (the number of living pandas left in the wild), which the artist has photographed in front of landmarks in over 20 countries, somehow manage to be both insanely adorable and incredibly depressing.
2. Olafur Eliasson: Ice Watch
The Icelandic-Danish artist brought icebergs from a Greenland fjord to cities like London and Paris in order to raise awareness about the urgency of climate change. Eliasson salvaged the ice blocks from the ocean after global warming caused them to detach from one of the world's largest ice sheets.
3. Pedro Reyes: Grasshopper burger
The “Grass-Whopper” was launched in collaboration with Pedro Reyes’ exhibition opening where delegates were served small sandwiches, grasshoppers served between flatbread with Chihuahua cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions for lunch. The delegates were asked to consider the idea of insects as a feasible form of protein. Many delegates welcomed the challenge!
4. Amanda Schachter and Alexander Levi: Harvest Dome
The cactus-like 24-foot-diameter orb was built entirely out of over 400 disposed umbrella skeletons collected around NYC and a ring of 128 two-liter soda bottles to keep it afloat. A bright addition to Harvest Dome is the LED lights inserted into each bottle to create a glowing halo that illuminates the river at night. The dome was built as an artistic representation of NYC's accumulation of waterborne debris, and also to bring attention to NYC's waterways and watersheds.
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