Painters and sculptors are finding astonishing ways to visualize climate change like the huge site specific installations from Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson’s work which involved transporting 12 blocks of ice that came from free-floating icebergs from the Greenland ice sheet, then arranging them in a clock formation to indicate the passing of time. The ice sculptures were left to slowly melt. 

A New York artist, Eve Mosher walked almost 70 miles across Brooklyn and lower Manhattan, painting a chalk line showing the likely location of frequent flooding if sea levels continued to rise. And, then there is The Birth of Venus but in this 21st century version, artist Chris Jordan replaces Botticelli’s paints with 240,000 plastic bags, equal to the number consumed throughout the world every ten seconds.

Louis Schwartzberg is a photographer who creates moving images celebrating the earth, much the way our website does as it captures the beauty of the earth in still photographs. Ranging from a few minutes to under an hour, these meditations on nature are mesmerizing. Try this one on oceans.

Moving art by louis schwartzberg


Chris Jordan Photographic Art

This ongoing series looks at mass phenomena that occur on a global scale. Similarly to the first Running the Numbers series, each image portrays a specific quantity of something: the number of tuna fished from…

A Gift to the Future: Tree Mountain by Agnes Denes

Agnes Denes reminisces on creating “Tree Mountain-A Living Time Capsule—11,000 Trees, 11,000 People, 400 Years,” a collaborative bioremediation artwork and a human-made virgin forest in Ylöjärvi, Finland. From conception to completion, the creation of “Tree…

Forest grows in the middle of a football stadium

By Tamara Hardingham-Gill   Photo by Gerhard Maurer  9/6/19   
Football stadiums have long been synonymous with noise and commotion. But an art installation in Austria is turning this idea on its head in a bid to draw attention to climate change and deforestation.