Street art has become a powerful storytelling medium, and when it comes to our planet, there are a bunch of artists who raise awareness of climate change, plastic soup, and other threats to our precious planet through their art.Less
Greta Thunberg embodies the "new movement" in the fight against climate change. Jody Thomas is one of the many people who learnt his trade at Barton Hill Youth Centre in Bristol (Cheo, banksy & inkie are three other notable alumni). “Greta’s very much in the limelight, very current, very contemporary, and she’s obviously clearly leading a very, very important issue which affects all of us on the planet,” shares Thomas.
The Swiss duo Nevercrew travels the world telling nature themed stories. Their work represent lost animals, in bad posture or imprisoned. Each painting denounces in its own way the misfortunes endured by nature because of human activity. Two whales are suspended from a clothing hanger as if dangling inside “an infinite closet”. The glorious intelligent sensitive and graceful beasts of the seas are reduced to mere commodity, for humans to buy, sell, trade, consume, destroy.
‘Plastic Diet’, a 3D mural in Boulogne-Sur-Mer by Dutch master Leon Keer raising awareness of our voracious appetite and over-consumption of plastic goods which threatens all health on this planet. If the current trend continues, there could be more microplastics than fish (by weight) in the ocean by 2050. Boulogne-sur-Mer is an upcoming Street Art City at the Opal Coast.
'Forest Focus” of Spanish artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada alludes to the eye symbol of Goal 13 for Climate Action, at the center of the eye is Planet Earth, with the Amazon as the pupil and Chile with the image of the world as the iris. This mural is an artistic focal point that symbolizes the values set forth at the Madrid Climate Conference in 2020.
Louis Masai focuses on animals questioning why humans often fail to recognise a disappearing species yet mourn the death of a celebrity. Many people are totally unaware that the hunting of elephants for their ivory is organised by the biggest criminals on the planet. The ivory trade funds wars in a major way. This part of the Toward 2030 project supported by Lavazza, 15+ murals inspired by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that should be achieved by all UN countries.
"The time is now" is a portrait of Greta Thunberg painted by Mr Dheo and Pariz One. Greta’s powerful message and awareness of what's going on in the planet we all live in, towards the biggest corrupt, greedy and selfish leaders of the world inspire the next generation. Greta has become an inspiration for young people across the globe, who went on a global strike in 2019.
Italian artist Blu has painted a corporate figure in a suit sucking the world dry. On his head is a gold crown adorned with oil company logos. This mural was painted in 2010 and inspired by the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the gulf of Mexico.
ROA is a living legend, his monumental works usually depict animals, but they rarely depict cheerful animals. The images are often confrontational, because there is a link with death, decay or threat. His images force us to think about the place of animals in our cities. The mural is just down the street of the Volkstehuis.
"Dung Beetle" is part of the "Garb-age" series of the French duo Murmure Street. Based on dreamlike and poetic twists of the garbage bag, symbol of our era and our consumerist civilization, that invades our daily life and the environment. This work features a dung beetle, a famous insect that is essential to the ecosystem because of its ability to recycle feces, thus contributing to good soil fertility. But this beetle is pushing a garbage bag. Find it at 5 Rue Emile Betsellere.
If, as Dostoevsky said, beauty will save the world, graffiti art will save our lungs. In Rome you can find the largest green mural in Europe called Hunting Pollution. A five-story tall heron that hunts its prey in a polluted sea, designed by Milanese street artist Iena Cruz. The value of the work is strongly symbolic: the animal, in fact, not only hunts its prey, but also the pollution thanks to the use of eco-paint technology called Airlite. The first project of Yourban2030.