“Collective inertia can leads us to think that our small actions cannot change anything. But I believe that every small act can contribute to a big change. Many small changes can bring back social attitudes that manipulate the global inertia and turn it into something more positive.” Isaac Cordal, Waiting For Climate Change was an installation in Nantes, France.
Isaac Cordal installs small sculptures in streets and public spaces, then photographs them to document their presence. The ongoing work — called “Cement Eclipses” — is meant as social critique, he explains “It refers to this collective inertia that leads us to think that our small actions cannot change anything. But I believe that every small act can contribute to a big change. Many small changes can bring back social attitudes that manipulate the global inertia and turn it into something more positive.” Waiting For Climate Change was an installation in Nantes, France.
Justin Brice Guariglia
Justin Brice Guariglia is a contemporary visual artist known for his work on ecological issues. His photographic, sculptural, and installation s address climate change. Guariglia frequently collaborates with scientists, philosophers, and journalists in order to forge a deeper understanding of human impact on the planet. The Man on an Eco-Mission in Mixed Media, NYTimes. Recent Exhibits include Climate Signals and We are the Asteroid in Indicators, Artists on Climate Change.
Courtney Mattison is an internationally recognized artist and ocean advocate working to inspire policy makers and the public to conserve our changing seas. She creates intricately detailed ceramic sculptural works inspired by the fragile beauty of coral reefs and the human-caused threats they face in an effort to promote awareness for the protection of our blue planet.
Center For Marine Conservation, Bali
Coral Universe is a monumental outdoor exhibit that showcases the beauty of life under the ocean’s surface. It is dedicated to the Coral Triangle region, home to the most biodiverse marine environment in the world, and highlights the beauty and fragility of coral reefs – and why we need to act now to protect and manage them. The installation is designed by U.S.-based ceramic artist and ocean advocate, Courtney Mattison and made in collaboration with Indonesian artists Ricko Gabriel, Alfiah Rahdini, Sasanti Puri Ardini, Anak Agung Ivan WB together with more than 300 volunteers.
Woomera, South Australia
Yhonnie Scarce belongs to the Kokatha and Nukunu peoples. She is one of the first contemporary Australian artists to explore the political and aesthetic power of glass, describing her work as ‘politically motivated and emotionally driven’. Scarce’s new work Hollowing Earth examines the issues related to the mining of uranium on Aboriginal land.
Jason deCaires Taylor is a sculptor, environmentalist and professional underwater photographer. His permanent site-specific works span several continents and predominately explore submerged and tidal marine environments. His multi-disciplinarily sculptural works explore modern themes of conservation and environmental activism.
Support was an installation for the 2017 Venice Biennale. ” I wanted to make a statement about climate change and the role people must play in supporting Venice’s unique world heritage. I have three children, and I’m thinking about their generation and what world we’re going to pass on to them. I’m worried, I’m very worried.”
In fact, the hands are modeled after one of his children’s and in an Instagram post, Quinn said that Support “wants to speak to the people in a clear, simple and direct way through the innocent hands of a child and it evokes a powerful message, which is that united we can make a stand to curb the climate change that affects us all.”
Belgium, Bruges Canal
STUDIOKCA, a brooklyn-based architecture and design firm, pulled over five tons of waste from the ‘plastic soup’ that was floating on the surface of the pacific ocean. This accumulation was used as a medium for their four story tall sculptural whale that now rises up out of the Bruges canal. This colossal whale, ‘skyscraper,’ serves to both address the 150 million tons of plastic waste which remain, as well as emphasize the necessity for individual and collective action. Bruges Whale Video