Cancun Press Release

26 November 2010
Contact: Jamie Henn, jamie@350.org, 1-415-601-9337

Cancun Underwater Sculpture joins Planetary Art Show for the Climate: 350 EARTH
 

CANCUN — Off the coast of Cancun on Friday, artist Jason deCaires Taylor will unveil the latest addition to the 350 EARTH planetary art show, an artificial reef and underwater marine museum made of 400 concrete “casts” of real people.

When viewed from the sky, the art piece creates the shape of a human eye, giving the illusion that the sea is looking out at the human species and the damage it is inflicting on the ocean.

The underwater sculpture is one of over a dozen public art installations that are taking place the week before the UN Climate Talks as part of the planetary art show organized by international climate campaign, 350.org.

“Art can convey in a different way than science the threat that climate change poses to our planet,” said 350.org founder and environmental author Bill McKibben. “The world’s best scientists have tried to wake-up politicians to the climate crisis, now we’re counting on artists to help.”

350.org’s name points to goal of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from its current level of 390 parts per million to below 350 ppm, the safe upper limit according to the latest science. According to scientific reports commissioned by ocean protection organization Oceana, reducing CO2 below 350 ppm is also crucial to saving the world’s coral reefs.

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More information on Jason deCaires Taylor, 350.org, and DigitalGlobe:

Jason de Caires Taylor’s underwater sculptures create a unique, absorbing and expansive visual seascape. Highlighting natural ecological processes Taylor’s interventions explore the intricate relationships that exist between art and environment. His works become artificial reefs, attracting marine life, while offering the viewer privileged temporal encounters, as the shifting sand of the ocean floor, and the works change from moment to moment.

350.org uses the internet and creative campaigns to build a grassroots climate movement across the planet. Over the last two years, the campaign has organized more than 15,000 events in 188 countries. 350.org is named after the goal of reducing the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere from its current level of 390 parts per million to below 350 ppm, what scientists say is the safe upper limit for the planet. 350.org was founded by American writer and environmentalist and a team of college friends in 2008.

DigitalGlobe is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services. DigitalGlobe’s advanced satellite constellation provides insight and support for a variety of programs related to environmental monitoring, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, infrastructure management, and Internet portals and navigation technology. Countries around the world use DigitalGlobe’s imagery to track and manage natural resources, prioritize infrastructure projects, and mitigate the environmental impact of development. DigitalGlobe’s daily documentation of the Earth provides insight into the changing environment, from natural disasters to glacial change and composition, to the health of vegetation and crops, and to the effects of deforestation.

For more information on coral reefs and the need to reduce CO2 below 350 ppm, please visit:

http://na.oceana.org/en/our-work/climate-energy/ocean-acidification/what-oceana-does