Sustainability in Art: 6 Artists to Know on International Wildlife Day

Sustentabilidade na Arte: 6 Artistas a conhecer no Dia internacional da Vida Selvagem

international wildlife day
Every year, on March 3, World Wildlife Day is celebrated, to draw attention to the “moral obligation” to preserve the Earth, from which the essential products for human survival are extracted.
UN chief Guterres stressed that wildlife is in danger, recalling that damage to the natural world fundamentally threatens the existence and well-being of all individuals. A quarter of the world's species face extinction, largely because humans have destroyed nearly half of all ecosystems in which they live. Guterres called for the immediate reversal of this situation. This year, World Wildlife Day highlights the importance of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, which runs from 2021 to 2030. The UN chief recalls that ecosystems can only be considered healthy when their components flourish. A key element can lead to the decline and disappearance of the entire ecosystem. Therefore, actions to protect individual species must be aligned with ecosystem restoration.More than 1 million species are threatened with extinction, of which 8,400 wild fauna and flora species are critically endangered and nearly 30,000 are classified as at risk or vulnerable. In addition, the world is facing unprecedented levels of threats that are a real risk to biodiversity, ecosystems and human health. In addition to a number of emerging diseases that arise from animal products, both domestic and wild.

Who are the artists that have been sharing messages of sustainability in their works?

Bordalo II
Plates, computer keyboards, bicycle tires are some of the objects chosen byBordalo IIfor the production of their works. Artur Bordalo, grandson of the artist Real Bordalo, was born in 1987 in Lisbon. In honor of his intrinsic artistic roots in the family, he chose the name ofBordalo II. This young artist has been resorting to the use of objects abandoned on the streets of cities for his artistic production. Garbage, namely plastic, metal and electronic materials, have become compositional materials, which are transformed and shaped by the artist in the form of an animal. The choice of these materials is Artur Bordalo's way of criticizing the way we live today. Waste, materialism, our own consumerism and the urgent need for sustainability are the themes addressed in its facilities.

Bordalo II| P55 Magazine | P55.ART

Chris Jordan
Photographer Chris Jordan composes amazing photographs by rearranging common objects such as bottle caps, light bulbs and aluminum cans. For example, the work “Plastic Cups” is made up of 1 million plastic cups.

Chris Jordan | Magazine | P55.ART

Agnes Denes
A pioneer in environmental art and conceptual art, Agnes Denes planted a two-acre wheat field in Manhattan, just two blocks from Wall Street. More than 1,000 pounds of wheat were harvested and distributed to 28 cities.

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Andy Goldsworthy
Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist known for creating beautiful outdoor sculptures from natural materials including petals, leaves, snow, ice, stones and twigs. In the work “River Stone”, a sculpture in the form of a serpent, built with 128 tons of sandstone recovered from the rubble of buildings in San Francisco, brought down by earthquakes in 1906 and 1989. One of the few permanent works by Goldsworthy, can be seen at the University from Stanford.

Andy Goldsworthy | P55 Magazine | P55.ART

Miguel Palma
Miguel Palmais a multifaceted Portuguese artist who produces his drawings, installations and transformations of objects, through the imagination of his childhood, his tastes for aviation, motorsport, science and engineering. His artistic production linked to the idea of technological development creates a critical and productive relationship with the viewer about consumerism and sustainability.

Miguel Palma| P55 Magazine | P55.ART

Vhilssculpts the faces of anonymous figures on a large scale, in generally abandoned urban areas, in order to establish a dialogue about identity and the unsustainable behaviors of humans. In addition to walls, tunnels and buildings, the Portuguese artist also transforms other objects - wooden doors, metal plates and advertising posters - using the same creative process as sculpture: subtracting layers, thinning, drilling and immersion.

Vhils| P55 Magazine | P55.ART

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