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Preventing water crises

Courtney Mattison – the sculptor of coral

As we speak, there are still people who question whether climate change and global warming are real. It is true that the changes occurring in the environment are often very gradual and not always spectacular, there are still unquestionable signs. The destruction of coral reefs is one of those...

Rendering the significance of climate change perceptible is difficult because some of the processes are not really spectacular. But in the case of coral reefs, the change is clear: as the water warms, the coral reefs are bleached, and, unless the temperature stabilises, they finally disintegrate.

“It’s like a city going bankrupt and letting the buildings fall apart,” says the sculptor Courtney Mattison, a former student of marine biology.

Mattison’s ceramic installation weighing several hundred kilos represents the process by mixing white corals among the highly detailed pieces painted in vibrant colours.

The work of art – in its totality and details Photo: courtneymattison.com
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Captured moments: photos on the relationship of water and humans

Zoltán Molnár’s series of photographs entitled Aqua offers sensitive glimpses of the interactions of people and water, while also focusing attention on how indispensable that element is for humanity.

Andres Amador and the poetry of sand

Landscape artist Andres Amador uses the eternal variability of nature as a medium to awaken us to the inherent value and beauty of the fragility of life.

Group 180: Water-wonder

Group 180, an ensemble formed in the late 1970s, was the emblematic Hungarian representative of the musical style known as minimal (or repetitive) music, whose proponents include Philip Glass.

M. K. Čiurlionis: Jūra (The Sea)

Despite his short life, the Lithuanian composer Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis wrote almost four hundred pieces of music. Although this unique figure of Lithuanian art only lived for 36 years, every second of that short life was filled with sounds and colours. In addition to his musical works, he has also left an enduring oeuvre in painting.

Smetana: The Moldau

One of the founders and most prolific composers of Czech classical music, who has created a wealth of musical motifs associated with his country’s independence as a state, Bedřich Smetana was a child prodigy similarly to Mozart. As a pianist, he was considered a natural genius who gave his first concert at the age of six.

Jill Pelto: infographics refined into art

Climate scientists struggle continuously to translate scientific results into clear, comprehensible messages. The toolkit of art – literature, music and the fine arts – are the best suited for that, as attested by the works of Jill Pelto.

Hawaiian twins use melting glaciers and the depth of the ocean as canvases

Hawaii, their home, has taught Sean “Hula” Yoro and his twin brother Kapu not only to surf but also to love nature. Their breathtaking art projects call attention to important environmental problems such as the destruction of coral reefs or the melting of glaciers.

Zaria Forman’s icy visions

Zaria Forman aims to assist us in seeing the beauty along with the worrying realities and facts of melting ice and rising sea levels.

26-year friendship made deep in the ocean

Yoriko, the Asian sheepshead wrasse and the Japanese scuba diver Hiroyuki Arakawa met 26 years ago near the underwater shrine that the man had built. Their special friendship has been going on ever since.

John Luther Adams: Become Ocean

The works of American composer John Luther Adams are inspired by nature, in particular the landscapes of Alaska. In 2014, he won the musical Pulitzer Prize for his piece Become Ocean.

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