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“Climate change is a reality. Caused by us all, it is a cultural, social and economic problem and must move beyond scientific debate. Cape Farewell is committed to the notion that artists can engage the public in this issue, through creative insight and vision.” DAVID BUCKLAND, 2007


Julie’s Bicycle: Sustaining Creativity


Julie’s Bicycle supports the creative community to act on climate change and environmental sustainability. They believe that the creative community is uniquely placed to transform the conversation around climate change and translate it into action.

Cape Farewell Project


The cultural response to climate change

In 2001 the artist David Buckland created the Cape Farewell project to instigate a cultural response to the climate challenge. Cape Farewell is now an international not-for-profit programme based in the UK.

Working internationally, it brings creativesscientists and informers together to stimulate a cultural narrative that will engage and inspire a sustainable and vibrant future society.



Ice Watch, Tate Modern, London

 Olafur Eliasson

Artist Olafur Eliasson has brought over 24 huge chunks of ice from the Nuup Kangerlua fjord in Greenland where they were melting into the ocean after breaking off from the ice sheet. Ice Watch, was his attempt to make the debate on climate change “less abstract”. “We have 24 ice blocks here, it’s going to take them about a week to melt — every second 10,000 blocks like these melt away all the time in Greenland.”


Western Flag, Somerset House, London

John Gerrard

Renowned artist John Gerrard created a virtual simulation of a flag formed of endlessly emitting trails of thick black smoke. The flag flew silently in a virtual replica of Spindletop, Texas, the birthplace of the modern oil industry. The 1901 ‘Lucas Gusher’ produced more oil in one day than the rest of the world’s oilfields combined at the time, though now lies barren and depopulated, the original deposits long exhausted. This installation precisely parallelled the sunrises, sunsets and shadows of the real-life Spindletop, reflecting the changing Texan landscape in real-time. Video of the installation



Pollution Pods, London

Micheal Pinsky

Michael Pinsky is a British artist whose international projects have created innovative and challenging works in galleries and public spaces. He has undertaken many residencies that explore issues which shape and influence the use of our public realm. Taking the combined roles of artist, urban planner, activist, researcher, and resident, he starts residencies and commissions without a specified agenda, working with local people and resources, allowing the physical, social and political environment to define his working methodology.

In Pollution Pods, six geodesic domes are connected to form a ring. Within each dome the air quality of six global cities is recreated. A carefully mixed recipe emulates the relative presence of ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide which pollute these cities. Starting from the hosting city, the visitor will pass through increasingly polluted cells, from dry and cold locations to hot and humid.







Exit, Paris

Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Global populations are unstable and on the move. Unprecedented numbers of migrants are leaving their home countries for economic, political, and environmental reasons. “Exit” was created to quantify and display this increasing global trend. The first part offers an aesthetic re-framing of the media’s coverage of global migrations. The viewer enters a circular room and is surrounded by a panoramic video projection of a globe which rolls around the room, “printing” maps as it spins. The maps are made from data collected from a variety of sources, geo-coded, processed through a programming language and translated visually. The presentation is divided into narratives concerning population shift, remittances, political refugees, natural disaster, and sea level rise.

Harvest Dome, New York  

Amanda Schachter  & Alexander Levi
Harvest Dome is a 24ft diameter cupola constructed from over 450 umbrellas frames and made buoyant with a ring of 128 empty two liter plastic soda bottles. Harvest Dome is to bring attention to the tidal salt-marshes of New York City and on finding new uses for recycled materials.

Plastic Ocean, Singapore

Tan Zi Xi 

Artist and illustrator Tan Zi Xi’s work mixes wry, playful humor with the realities of ocean pollution. Her early collection, “An Effort Most Futile,” showcases cartoonish scenes of overwhelming environmental challenges. More recently, her large-scale installation of recycled oceanic debris—“Plastic Ocean”—was on display at the Singapore Art Museum from May to August 2016. Composed of over 20,000 pieces of refuse suspended motionless, “Plastic Ocean” is an eerily immersive reminder of the permanence of our impact on the oceans.


Indicators: Artists on Climate Change

New Windsor, NY 

This exhibit uses Storm King’s Museum Building and 500-acre site as platforms for seventeen contemporary artists to present work that engages with some of the many challenges—scientific, cultural, personal, psychological—that climate change has brought to humankind. Through a wide variety of conceptual approaches and artistic media, the exhibition demonstrates how art can command attention for difficult subjects and spur creative thought, solutions, and ideas in ways that elude other means of communication and understanding. March-Nov, 2018



The Climate Museum

New York The Climate Museum  provides a home base for a wave of vibrant and robust engagement with the climate challenge. A locus for possibility, it will cultivate a shared identity for a new and inspiring climate citizenship. It will be a landmark in the New York City cultural landscape, drawing us together around the social justice, public health, and urban design challenges and opportunities presented by climate change. Past exhibit: In Human Time




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