Art against climate change
A new set of artists are raising awareness about environmental issues through their work
By Kalpana Sunder (MINT LOUNGE, Feb. 27, 2021) –
Danish Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, a Goodwill ambassador with UNDP Climate Action, is famous for his many installations that revolve around climate change. His 2014 work called Ice Watch first debuted in Copenhagen. Twelve blocks of ice, weighing a collective 100 tons, were transported from a fjord in Greenland to Copenhagen’s City Hall Square. They were deliberately arranged in the formation of a clock, alluding to the countdown humanity faces as temperatures and sea levels continue to rise. His 2019 work, The Presence Of Absence Pavilion, is a cast bronze sculpture moulded around the negative space of glacial ice—a permanent memorial to a loss of glacial ice.
Artists from time immemorial have always derived inspiration from nature, be it the ocean or the forest or animals. Great art also inspires us to think, communicate and act. In recent times many concerns in the natural world, from ocean levels rising and ecosystems collapsing, has led to a new breed of artists who use their work as a platform to raise public awareness about environmental issues, and lead the public towards a more sustainable world. They have come out with provocative and meaningful pieces of art that can hopefully change the narrative about climate change and the environment.