Changing Minds & the Planet with Art
Updated: Jul 1, 2020
We’re showcasing a handful of artists working with found objects, up-cycling materials, and bringing awareness to a variety of environmental issues.
Naziha Mestaoui’s 1 Heart, 1 Tree (above) projects virtual forests onto city spaces, showing the boundaries between the natural and urban worlds. For every virtual tree purchased and projected, a real one is planted in a reforestation program.
Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji created Jurassic Plastic, an interactive exhibition featuring large-scale plastic dinosaurs made from the recycling and reinvention of discarded toys. The work shines a light on the mass consumption and waste that plagues society and asks us to question our own plastic consumption.
Alexis Kandra, a contemporary American artist, paints surreal animals to raise awareness about endangerment and extinction. Her art exhibitions aim to educate the public with facts about the ecosystem and the conservation status of animals.
Von Wong, an artist focused on amplifying positive impact, created an exhibition in collaboration with the National Environment Agency of Singapore to showcase single-use plastic pollution. The project, Plastikophobia, (above) kickstarted research into disposable plastic cups in Singapore.
Jeff Hong, an American animation artist, takes a twist on Disney’s motto “where dreams come true” by using iconic characters to illustrate the harsh conditions facing Earth. His work shows that if we don't care for our planet, the fairytale will not have a happy ending.
In Bilboa Spain, Diana Balmori's The Garden that Climbs the Stairs demonstrates how nature interacts with an urban environment by planting a large landscape of flowers over a concrete staircase.
American sculptor John Lopez uses discarded metal, such as old farm equipment and machinery, to reflect different generations of American farm and ranch life that is fading away. The Iron Star (right), a life-sized stallion includes hand tools, shovels, chains, barbed wire, and even truck shocks.
The Lego Greenhouse, created by British artist Sebastian Bergne, showcases nature growing in a mass produced Lego structure. This artwork depicts the potential to use recycled materials to help conserve the environment.
The New Wave School in Mexico used recycled plastic bottles to create a striking building offering an inspiring environment for students and creating conversations about where the bottles came from.
Eve Mosher (right) aims to ignite radical ideas for the future of Earth's waterways by showcasing the effects of climate change. She researches and maps waterways, then shows how they will look at the end of the century when the sea levels are expected to rise about six feet.