350 eARTh: Climate Art from Outer Space in Photos
We told you earlier about the 350 eARTh exhibit, "the world's first planetary art show for the climate." The week-long exhibition has wrapped up, with amazing aerial photographs from around the world rolling in (including a very special contribution by Radiohead's own Thom Yorke). Bill McKibben wrote, "newspapers are calling [it] 'the largest group show in the planet's history,' or 'the first art show visible from outer space,' or just 'big art.'"
You can read more updates from around the world on the 350 eARTh site. Here are some of our favorite images.
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Red Polar Bear by Bjargey Olafsdottir
On Iceland's Langjökull Glacier, artists battled fierce winds and 5°F weather to create the installation, a large polar bear painted with red organic food dye approved for environmental use. "Polar bears, not native to Iceland, have been found swimming up to Iceland’s shores desperate for refuge as their nearby homes melt."
Photo by Christopher Lund
King Canute by Thom Yorke
On the Brighton coast in the United Kingdom, more than 2,000 activists gathered to form the image of King Canute, a legendary Norse figure who futilely attempted to control the oceans. The image was designed by Radiohead's Thom Yorke and appeared on the cover of his album, The Eraser. Yorke donated his time, energy, and art to make the event a success.
Photo by Malcolm Land / Sealand Aerial Photography Ltd.
Solar Scarab by Sarah Rifaat
Photo by Ahmed Hayman
Gal-la by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada
In Delta del Ebro, Spain, the renowned urban artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada worked with local citizens to form "the face of a young girl who wishes to see the Delta survive the threat of climate change."
Photo via Foto-aerea.net for Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada
Flash Flood by the Santa Fe Art Institute
In New Mexico, the Santa Fe Art Institute rallied more than 1,000 local residents to the dried up bed of the Santa Fe River to recreate a flash flood, holding up pieces of blue painted paper, cardboard and tarps.
Photo by Michael Clark
"Flash Flood" by the Santa Fe Art Institute
This satellite image of the "Flash Flood" installation in Santa Fe, New Mexico, taken by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite took this 50-centimeter resolution image from nearly 480 miles above the Earth's surface. The Santa Fe River is one of the 10 most endangered rivers in North America. "Girl Scouts, church groups and thousands of local citizens stood in a dry riverbed to recreate where the Santa Fe River should be flowing. As global warming leads to higher temperatures and a reduced snow pack, the river, which provides 40 percent of Santa Fe’s water, is drying up."
Satellite Image by Digital Globe
Human Hurricane by Pablo Caballero
In Mexico City, more than 3,500 students and members of the local community gathered in Venustiano Carranza plaza to form a "human hurricane," calling attention to the country's grave vulnerability to devastating hurricanes like those that hit the states of Nuevo Leon and Veracruz earlier this year.
Photo by Ricardo Villarreal T.
Human Hurricane by Pablo Cabellero
A satellite image of the Human Hurricane piece in Mexico City shows the grand scale.
Satellite image by DigitalGlobe
Solar Eagle by Spectral Q
In Los Angeles, a "solar eagle" takes flight. The eagle is accompanied by a syllabic word meaning "well being" in Inuktitut (an Inuit language), which stands for "Harmony, Balance, and Health."
Photo by Jeff Pantukhoff / Spectral Q
Submerged House, Dominican Republic
In the Dominican Republic, hundreds of people gathered, all wearing white, to form the image of a house being submerged by the rising seas that threaten all island nations. DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-1 satellite took this 50-centimeter resolution image on November 21, 2010 from 300 miles up.
Satellite Image by DigitalGlobe
Submerged House, Dominican Republic
Here's a close-up of the installation on the Dominican Republic coast.
Photo by Marvin Del Cid