Artist Paints Ephemeral Murals On Melting Icebergs, He Warns of the Impending Climate Crisis
Self-taught, Hawain artist Sean Yoro a.k.a Hula’s (previously featured here) art inspires to create beauty in the abandoned. His art takes him around the world to depict human interaction with the environment and the constant struggle of impermanence in nature.
In his latest art display, Hula takes up the call to save the slowly dissolving icebergs which are disappearing off the face of the planet. An artist who completely immerses himself in the process, Hula journeys to the icy landscape and sets out to create ephemeral murals on the melting islands of ice. He uses the lingering concept of ephemerality to emphasize the impending danger of climate change. The purpose is to become one entity with the art, as soon as the natural element disintegrates so will his mural. As both of these components become victims, the mural an extension of the human form and the canvas which is the natural element, the artist sends a message to the world.
The frozen surface of the iceberg, broken and submerged in the icy waters, have a hand imprinted on it by Hula, which points out to the deteriorating landscape. In the other image, a woman’s face is mostly hidden under water, almost as if her last breath of fresh air will drown her completely, yet her serene face recognizes and accepts this tragic fate. Hula’s depth and emotion to his murals not only uses nature resourcefully as a canvas, but also uses it as an active participant in his work.
This Giant Wind Wall Sucks Carbon Dioxide Out of the Air
By turning the CO2 into fuel, it recycles environmental pollutants.
Carbon Engineering has an ambitious plan to take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and turn it into fuel. The company is aiming the facility at areas where reforestation isn’t an option, such as deserts.
The Crochet Coral Reef (CCR) is a project by the Institute For Figuring, a non-profit Los-Angeles based organization that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientific and environmental issues by putting people and communities at the core.
The CCR is a project that resides at the intersection of mathematics, marine biology, handicraft and community art practice, and also responds to the environmental crisis of global warming and the escalating problem of oceanic plastic trash. It has been exhibited in art and science museums worldwide, including the Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), The Hayward (London), the Science Gallery (Dublin), and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (Washington D.C.) Seen by more than three million people, the CCR is one of the largest participatory science + art projects in the world.
Through its Satellite Reef program, the Institute’s team has held lectures and workshops on five continents to teach the techniques of reef-making, and the related science and math, to local communities. Since 2005 the IFF has continued to build this global network that now includes more than 7000 active citizens.
The inspiration for making crochet reef forms begins with the technique of “hyperbolic crochet” discovered in 1997 by Cornell University mathematician Dr. Daina Taimina. The Wertheim sisters (Margaret and Christine, founders of the IFF) adopted Dr Taimina’s techniques and elaborated upon them to develop a whole taxonomy of reef-life forms. Loopy “kelps”, fringed “anemones”, crenelated “sea slugs”, and curlicued “corals” have all been modeled with these methods. The basic process for making these forms is a simple pattern or algorithm, which on its own produces a mathematically pure shape, but by varying or mutating this algorithm, endless variations and permutations of shape and form can be produced. The Crochet Reef project thus becomes an ongoing evolutionary experiment in which the worldwide community of Reefers brings into being an ever-evolving crochet “tree of life.”