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CoolClimate: Addressing Climate Change Through Art

From polar bears to pop art, or how canvases connect disconnects.

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.

Plastic Iceberg Year 3010
Artist: M. L. Dauray
Man Vs. Bees: or Bees as the Canary in the Coal Mine
Artist: Jeff Faerber
Climate Is Changing
Artist: h4nd

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.

Subconscious
Artist: Pansa Sunavee
Poison Harms All Sea Creatures
Artist: bymarty
Global Warming
Artist: lyndaelyzoo

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.

Step
Artist: PansaSunavee

Submission is open through September 6, so get in on the (climate) action or rally your artist friends to. Meanwhile, browse entries from the U.S. and elsewhere around the world.

via ChangeObserver


Published August 20, 2010

https://www.brainpickings.org/2010/08/20/coolclimate-art-contest/

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