CoolClimate: Addressing Climate Change Through Art
From polar bears to pop art, or how canvases connect disconnects.
By Maria Popova
Today, thanks to prolific media coverage and the work of hundreds of dedicated nonprofits, most rational people are fully aware of the severity with which climate change threatens humanity and the planet. There is, however, often a disconnect between that rational awareness and our emotional engagement with the issue. This disconnect is precisely what the 2010 CoolClimate Art Contest aims to address through the power of art.
The international competition calls for artists to create iconic images that challenge how we relate to global warming, spanning the entire spectrum of climate change hotpoints — from clean energy to air pollution to honeybee extinction.
From an abstract representation of how global warming impacts a swimming polar bear in oil on canvas to a pop-artish reflection on environmental deterioration, the submissions so far encompass nearly every art genre and medium.
The competition is judged by an eclectic yet uniformly impressive jury featuring acclaimed comedian-turned-environmental-activist Chevy Chase, Philippe Cousteau, son of legendary marine explorer and activist Jacques Cousteau, and museum world heavy-hitter David Ross.
Published August 20, 2010