ARTWORKS AND PROJECTS: ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE ART VENTURES AROUND THE GLOBE
FEATURED ARTIST WEBSITE - MAYA LYN: WHAT IS MISSING?
What is Missing? Artist and Architect Maya Lin has created this website documenting the sixth mass extinction in the planet's history, and the only one to be caused by the actions of a single species-humans. Showcasing nnovative artworks, organizations that are working on the issues, and what you can do.
ARTISTS WORKING WITH ENVIRONMENTAL THEMES
Jason deCaires Taylor, An Underwater Museum, For sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the ocean is more than a muse — it's an exhibition space and museum. Taylor creates sculptures of human forms and mundane life on land and sinks them to the ocean floor, where they are subsumed by the sea and transformed from lifeless stone into vibrant habitats for corals, crustaceans and other creatures. The result: Enigmatic, haunting and colorful commentaries about our transient existence, the sacredness of the ocean and its breathtaking power of regeneration.
Agnes Denes is one of the grandmothers of the early environmental art movement and Conceptual art.
One of her most famous works, Wheatfield--A Confrontation (1982) involved the planting of wheat in a vacant two-acre lot in downtown Manhattan. The harvest of the artwork yielded 1,000 pounds of wheat, which was then brought on a tour of 28 cities worldwide as part of the "The International Art Show for the End of World Hunger" and eventually symbolically planted around the globe.
Olafur Eliasson, Danish artist who employs elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience.
Art of Change 21 Funded partially by Olafur Eliasson, this organization is the first initiative which links social entrepreneurship, digital art and youth at an international level.
Ron Finley, Gardening artist in South Central L.A.
Chris Jordan: A trailer for "Midway" an upcoming, heartbreaking documentary the is both "elegy and warning, Midway explores the interconnectedness of species, with the albatross on Midway as mirror of our humanity". It will give you pause to consider every bit of plastic you ever use again.
Linda Moskalyk paints works for the preservation of our forests, and the rights of nature and the health of our earth.
Beth Racette's paintings explore the earth as a living system. She has created the Gaia Series which are inspired by her scientific learning. They represent an intuitive and impressionistic integration of her exploration. She asks "How do we evolve an awareness of our profound interconnectedness — an awareness powerful enough to inspire us to make the necessary changes to heal and protect our Earth?"
Jason de Caires Taylor: Silent Evolution. Underwater sculpture in Grenada, memorializing Africans who jumped or were forced overboard during the middle passage. Intended as a foundation for new coral reef growth.
Women's Environmental Artist Directory (WEAD). In 1996 Jo Hanson, Susan Leibovitz Steinman and Estelle Akamine created WEAD in response to increasing requests for artist referrals and for designing ecoart exhibits and programs. They developed a programming tool that others could use to develop their own programs. A board of directors directs all WEAD publications and outreach programs. and the WEAD interactive website.
Artist Index gathered by Linda Weintraub as part of her documentation of the eco art movement in her book "To Life! Eco Art in Pursuit of a Sustainable Planet."
A New People. An Educational Resource of Hope & Discovery...of works, actions, solutions, transformative movements and concerns of A New People Emerging that draw 100,000 people or more together for the common good of all, local, nationally and globally.
The Green Museum, helps people create, present and appreciate art that heals our relationship with the natural world. Contains toolboxes for educators and lists of artists currently working on eco-art. This contains a list of artists working on environmental issues.
Art & Remembrance is a non-profit, arts and educational organization that seeks to change people's hearts and minds by illuminating the experience of war, oppression, and injustice through the power and passion of personal narrative in art.
Barefoot Artists led by artist Lily Yeh, brings the transformative power of art to the most impoverished communities in the world through participatory and multifaceted projects that foster community empowerment, improve the physical environment, promote economic development, and preserve and promote indigenous art and culture. Barefoot Artists develops projects in collaboration with individuals and/or agencies on the ground in identified communities.
City Repair City Repair is an organized group action that educates and inspires communities and individuals to creatively transform the places where they live. City Repair facilitates artistic and ecologically-oriented place-making through projects that honor the interconnection of human communities and the natural world. City Repair began in Portland, Oregon with the idea that localization - of culture, of economy, of decision-making - is a necessary foundation of sustainability. By reclaiming urban spaces to create community-oriented places, we plant the seeds for greater neighborhood communication, empower our communities and nurture our local culture.
Evolvegan uses art, performance, and media to educate and increase public awareness about the connections between dietary choice, personal health, cultural ethics, and globally sustainable ecology.
Keepers of the Waters Founded by artist Betsy Damon, this project works to inspire and promote projects that combine art, science and community involvement to restore, preserve and re-mediate water sources. Keepers is at the vanguard of integrated approaches to a vast complexity of water issues through collaborative innovative design, community organizing, mentoring, educating, providing workshops, and functioning as a cross cultural resource.
Ruckus Roots They travel to festivals, concerts and campuses in the Los Angeles area with interactive installations encourage young adults to find their creative voice within the eco-activism community. They're creating positive pandemonium and infectious enthusiasm for art and advocacy wherever they go.
Watershed: Art, Activism, and Community Engagement addresses the shifting ecological and political dimensions of water. This project, organized by Raoul Deal and Nicolas Lampert, uses art as a form of activism to comment on water issues in Milwaukee and the Great Lakes Basin, and their impact on the world at large. It tackles issues such as water shortages, notions of abundance, water privatization, invasive species, industrial pollution, and water as a human right.
CARE FOR THE PLANET PROJECTS:
The Great Turning website shares the Work That Reconnects Network (WTR) of Joanna Macy and other change agents . Drawing from deep ecology,systems theory and spiritual traditions, the Work That Reconnects builds motivation, creativity, courage and solidarity for the transition to a sustainable human culture."The most remarkable feature of this historical moment on Earth is not that we are on the way to destroying the world — we've actually been on the way for quite a while. It is that we are beginning to wake up, as from a millennia-long sleep, to a whole new relationship to our world, to ourselves and each other."
Mother Earth Water Walk Two Anishinawbe Grandmothers, and a group of Anishinawbe Women and Men have taken action regarding the water issue by walking the perimeter of the Great Lakes.