- Earth Crisis, installation in Paris for COP21
Using public art as a means of social engagement has always been one of our pet loves at Livegreenblog and even more so when we're discussing something of global significance, like the world conference on climate change COP21 in Paris.
“Earth Crisis” by US artist Shepard Fairey - aka OBEY - is an 8-metre round sphere covered in a mandala of floral patterns as a reference to harmony with nature, and it hung between the first and second floors of the Eiffel Tower between 20 and 26 November. Put in place by La Galerie Itinerrance, this is a joint effort by the artist, the Mayor of Paris and the company operating the Eiffel Tower (SETE) to promote sustainable development and the future of our planet.
The sphere was accompanied by 8 theme images, also by Shepard Fairey, all dominated by the blue and green colours of the air, water and plants that sustain life on Earth. The themes of these pictures: Earth Crisis, Endless Power, Green Power, Respect and Justice, Paint it Black, Lifeguard not on Duty, Global Warming, Save our Environment were designed by the artist to encourage people to think about and raise awareness of global warming.
We can only do something about protecting our planet and ensure our survival if we open our eyes and really look at the facts. “Earth Crisis” is a theme that concerns all of us and thanks to the beauty of the artistic gesture and the viral nature of the pictures in the installation, the message can reach as many people as possible, thus leading to active change.
Earth Crisis by Shepard Fairey
from 20 to 26 November 2015 in the Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
Galerie Itinerance with SETE (Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel)
Images: Aline Deschamps - Galerie Itinerrance / SETE - E. Livinec / Milan poyet