Money for Our Times – Artists Design Money

This week The Guardian asked artists and writers to design images of money that would be appropriate for our times. As one can imagine, numerous themes have been explored by the artists concerned. John Gray (above) and Jonathan Frantzen (below) both take up the theme of endangered species, highlighting that, once gone, they will never …

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Gary Hume – Are the issues to big for any of us?

Gary Hume is a successful British artist who does not usually engage with environmental issues. He became involved with Cape Farewell and created some artworks in an attempt to engage with the issues.  As reported in an article in The Guardian, he found this a challenge: “How do you depict global catastrophe?” he says. “I’m …

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Why is environmentalism so unimportant? Thomas Hirschhorn at the Venice Biennale.

A couple of days of slogging hard through the Venice Biennale this year left one message – the environment doesn’t matter and neither do those concerned with ‘preserving’ it. I spent my days enjoying some wonderful art, being astonished by art that was bland or crass – or both – and looking for art that …

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Wildlife Made Homeless – Born Free’s Ad Campaign

For many people it is difficult to understand, let alone empathize with, technical statements like “loss of habitat”. This advertizing campaign from the charity Born Free aims to bring this issue into the more human terms of ‘homelessness’. Using images of animals placed in the context of human homelessness, the campaign tries to make clear …

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From Vietnam to The Environment: The work of Maya Lin

Maya Lin shot to fame when, at age 21 and while still an undergraduate, she won an open competition to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC. An architect, artist and sculptor, Maya Lin has, over the last few years, turned her attention to environmental issues. WHAT IS MISSING? What Is Missing? is the …

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Practical, Beautiful and Surreal – The Work of Jason de Caires Taylor

How and why would one create an underwater scutpture park? Sculptor and scuba diver Jason de Caires Taylor has, so far, created a total of 65 underwater sculptural installations in Mexico and across the Caribbean. While seeming somewhat surreal, these sculptures have a very practical purpose. They are intended to ‘spread the load’ currently borne …

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Amazonia – Lucy + Jorge Orta at the Natural History Museum, London

One of the most exciting things about this exhibition is that the Natural History Museum (MNH) has established a contemporary arts programme – of which this exhibition is a part.  It is both encouraging and exciting that the NHM, traditionally focused on science, didactic education and on its collections, is leading the way – supplementing …

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ext Inked – Tattooes for Life

How much do people care about the extinction of species?  It turns out that a significant number of people care enough to become ‘permanent ambassadors’ of an endangered species. In a unique activist, social work of art, The Ultimate Holding Company, a co-operative based in Manchester, England, has just completed a project entitled ext Inked.  …

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