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Earth Art, Land Art, Public Art, Street Art, The Performing Arts: Each of these components of the art world help focus our attention on changing forces in the the Environment. Climate Change has become a leading topic for artists globally.
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PUT A BIRD ON IT: ART THAT ADDRESSES CLIMATE CHANGE

PUT A BIRD ON IT: ART THAT ADDRESSES CLIMATE CHANGE | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
In December 2015, a rainbow-colored Painted Bunting arrived in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, diverted from its typical migration to Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Strange juxtapositions like this are becoming commonplace in the wake of rising temperatures across the globe. 

This rare sight inspired WNW Member #5758 Tatiana Arocha to create “Tropical Birds,” a public art project launching a migration of birds into the trees of New York City neighborhoods to initiate a conversation around climate change.

The first migration is based on five different species of tropical birds from Colombia. Each is constructed from laser cut MDF and wheat pasted original illustrations with gold paint details. The handmade silhouettes include toucans, parrots, and hummingbirds with intricately-layered textures. The birds have been installed at specific sites and arranged in proportion to the size and scale of the trees they inhabit.

So far, Tatiana has created over a hundred Colombian birds (300 more in the making). She'll be installing birds in public spaces in The Navy Yard, Fort Greene and the Queens Botanical Garden; the installation at BLDG 92 will also be incorporated into the SONYA Art Walk this weekend (May 21-22). The National Audubon Society will be supporting the project through social media and a project feature.

When you discover a bird, tag it on Instagram with #tropicalbirdsnewyork.
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Bird Watching in a Changing Climate. Beauty and Irony.  Check out an artist who is drawing significant awareness to bird migration.

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Interactive exhibit tells a sustainability story through the lens of contemporary art

Interactive exhibit tells a sustainability story through the lens of contemporary art | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it

Art Works For Change is using a unique online exhibit to inspire change through storytelling, including 'featured tours' of the galleries by leading eco-organizations."

 

DIrect Link: http://www.artworksforchange.org/footing-the-bill/

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Online, informative, and interactive, Arts Works for Change is compelling, vast, and calls for action at every turn. Great teaching tool.

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12 ways the arts can encourage climate action

12 ways the arts can encourage climate action | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
A panel of experts around the world share their thoughts on the most effective ways the arts can prompt climate action
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Theatrically Composed Scenes Highlight Human's Impact on Earth

Theatrically Composed Scenes Highlight Human's Impact on Earth | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison have been a collaborative duo for the last 20 years, mixing Shana’s interest in dance with Robert’s background in photography to produce environments specifically for their combined practice. A constant theme throughout the couple’s two decade long work has been man’s effect on the landscape—showcasing how we are constantly influencing, and more often than not damaging, the Earth.

“We create works in response to the ever-bleakening relationship linking humans, technology, and nature,” says the ParkeHarrison’s artist statement. “These works feature an ambiguous narrative that offers insight into the dilemma posed by science and technology’s failed promise to fix our problems, provide explanations, and furnish certainty pertaining to the human condition. Strange scenes of hybridizing forces, swarming elements, and bleeding overabundance portray Nature unleashed by technology and the human hand.”
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Artist's 'landthropologic' earth artworks bring out the wonders of nature (Video)

Artist's 'landthropologic' earth artworks bring out the wonders of nature (Video) | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
Combining environmental art with stop motion animation techniques, this artist's work invites us to look a bit closer and to re-imagine our wild landscapes.
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Andy Goldsworthy: Natural Man | Architectural Digest

Andy Goldsworthy: Natural Man | Architectural Digest | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
With the painstaking attention of a fine jeweler, Andy Goldsworthy crafts artworks out of natural materials, including his own body. All of his pieces are designed to disappear as nature takes its course: Ice melts, wind blows, and rain falls, factors that shape how viewers experience Goldsworthy’s constructions over the course of their temporary life spans. The British artist is constantly working, an obsession depicted in his photographs of close to 200 works created over a ten-year period and assembled in the voluminous new book Andy Goldsworthy: Ephemeral Works, 2004–2014 (Abrams, $85).
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Few artists match Andy Goldsworthy's ability to communicate the ephemerality of the beautiful environment in  which we live.

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These Paintings Turn Climate Data Into Art

These Paintings Turn Climate Data Into Art | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
Maine-based artist Jill Pelto is turning hard climate data into haunting watercolor paintings.
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Climate-change Sundance documentary seeks to make a difference

Climate-change Sundance documentary seeks to make a difference | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
Many of the festival's past cautionary-tale films have prompted societal shifts, but the battle for hearts and minds isn't easily won.

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Mirosław Maszlanko

Mirosław Maszlanko | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it

Mirosław Maszlanko


http://biala.art.pl/luk/ 


http://artinfo.pl/pl/blog/relacje/wpisy/miroslaw-maszlanko-wiara2/ 


http://zacheta.art.pl/pl/kolekcja/artysci/miroslaw-maszlanko 


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Nature Sculptures Exist Between Natural and Man-Made Beauty | The Creators Project

Martin Hill and Philippa Jones make the kind of work you can't see in a gallery.
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What does climate change sound like?

A musician frames the issue in a creative new way — that's kind of beautiful.
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Street Art Project Uses Building Facades to Spread the Word About 314 Endangered Bird Species

Street Art Project Uses Building Facades to Spread the Word About 314 Endangered Bird Species | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
In a visually captivating public art venture, the Audonon Mural Project seeks to raise awareness for species of birds threatened by climate change in a rather…
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The Arts and Sustainability

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Earth Art, Land Art, Public Art, Street Art, The Performing Arts: Each of these components of the art world help focus our attention on changing forces in the the Environment. Climate Change has become a leading topic for artists globally.

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Thank you for acknowledging the importance of this collaboration fellow curators!

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Through the lens of digital art

Through the lens of digital art | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
How the arts and creativity are crucial to finding innovative solutions to fundamental problems, such as wind forecasting and inequalities in our society, by Tom Higham.
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Stunning street art aims to 'Save the Arctic'

Stunning street art aims to 'Save the Arctic' | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it

At the start of April hundreds of artists applied to take part in a street art campaign called "Save the Arctic". Click through to see the video! 

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Artists have raised the standard - perhaps faster than corporations - with compelling, visual calls for environmental action since #COP21.

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India's changing climate – in pictures

India's changing climate – in pictures | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
From deadly protests to billion dollar insurance schemes, we look at the impact of extreme weather and what the world’s fastest growing major economy is doing about it
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The Healing Scars of Land Art | The Creators Project

How land art learns not only to shape landscapes, but understand them.
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Sustainable Light Installations Transform Singapore’s Marina Bay | The Creators Project

The i Light Marina Bay festival brings awareness to issues of sustainability through stunning light art installations.
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How artists and environmental activists both do better together

How artists and environmental activists both do better together | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it

BY JENNY KENDLER AND ELIZABETH CORR

Artist in Residence & Manager of Arts Partnerships and Events, NRDC

Jenny Kendler’s residency with the Natural Resources Defense Council is an attempt to develop a different residency model where the artist is fully embedded within the organization and works collaboratively with the organization over a long period of time. Jenny and Elizabeth Corr from the NRDC tell their story here. – Alexis Frasz, (click through for more)


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The National Resources Defense Council begins a new program to collaborate with environmental artists.

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CultureZohn: Troublemakers

CultureZohn: Troublemakers | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it

"I'm immediately drawn to any film with the title of Troublemakers and this one does not let go.


The film by James Crump does something that is rare for art documentaries: It is very beautiful and dynamic itself in examining work that is challenging. It meets the subject head-on.


"Dear Virginia: Many Land sensations and projects already realized. So very positive. I urge you to consider closing of gallery and to consider world wide land operations. Walter De Maria' "


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Flying High in Paris - Sustainable Living Festival

Flying High in Paris - Sustainable Living Festival | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it
These ethereal beings of immense power, beauty and mystery highlight the vital role of guardianship of our precious natural resources and the urgent need to address the global threat from climate change. Graceful, haunting, and iconic, these delicate human creatures adorned with their swooping wings have played an important role in peaceful social disruption; appearing... Read more »
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Saving the Ocean with Underwater Artwork | The Creators Project

Watch underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor's TED Talk about how a sculpture garden is changing the world.
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Fantastical Paintings of Animals Within Post-Apocalyptic Environments by Martin Wittfooth

Fantastical Paintings of Animals Within Post-Apocalyptic Environments by Martin Wittfooth | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it

"Martin Wittfooth transposes the temperament we typically associate with large animals to those much smaller, painting foxes and birds as the heroic victors of this works while making larger animals much more passive and calm. Each of his paintings feature these creatures in environments that deviate from the peaceful surrounding we would expect—trash and decay littering the the ground while smog fills the sky.

“As a species we share a pretty significant degree of similar reactions to the natural world: there are forms in nature that we seem to have innate responses to,” said Wittfooth in an interview with beinArt. “Like a sense of awe or respect for large mammals, and revulsion for spiders and snakes. I’m interested in this kind of shared pattern recognition and instinctive responses. I’m pretty invested in trying to imbue my paintings with some sense of ‘presence’ and hence am working with subject matter that can impart an emotional reading of it, not just a rational (strictly observing) analysis.”

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Call for Proposals: 2016 International Marine Environment Art Project in Keelung, Taiwan

Call for Proposals: 2016 International Marine Environment Art Project in Keelung, Taiwan | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it

2016 International Marine Environment Art Project in Keelung, Taiwan

“Envisioning the Future of Our Oceans” Deadline February 15,2016

Artists from all countries are invited to send a proposal for a site-specific outdoor sculpture installation that will raise awareness about the future health of our oceans, and in particular relate to the Badouzi community of Keelung City, Taiwan.  Badouzi is located at the port of Keelung, celebrating its 130th year in 2016.  Keelung Port is on the northeast coast of Taiwan and opens to the Pacific Ocean.  Badouzi is a fishing village where most of the people traditionally make their living from the sea. The port of Keelung, first officially established in 1886, grew to become the second largest port in Taiwan today, and it is the major port on the eastern side of Taiwan. The Eastern coast of Taiwan remains greener and less urbanized even in this time of ocean acidification, global warming and increasing pollution.  By striving to reverse current conditions and improve the ocean environment, we hope to preserve the future health of our oceans that are at the heart of life on earth. The NMMST is a newly opened museum with exhibitions and programs about marine science and technology and a popular tourist destination in Keelung, Taiwan. Here’s the museum website: National Museum of Marine Science & Technology (NMMST) http://www.nmmst.gov.tw/enhtml/index

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20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth

20+ Powerful Street Art Pieces That Tell The Uncomfortable Truth | The Arts and Sustainability | Scoop.it

"As the world moves to cities, so does art. And just as art can inspire political action and resistance, so too do the walls of the city become canvases for important street art messages. The graffiti and street art on this list is perfect for spreading messages about environmentalism and climate change to a wider audience.


"This street art uses simple slogans and provocative images to spread important and inspiring ideas in ways that are easy to remember. Such art can inspire people to action or at least remind them about important issues that they may have forgotten."

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