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Elegy for the Arctic

The Italian composer and pianist Ludovico Einaudi performed his composition in an extraordinary location: on a floating platform in the middle of the ocean near the Wahlenbergbreen Glacier in Norway, to raise awareness of the dangers threatening the Arctic. The message of the Elegy, born from anxiety for the disappearing ice caps, is more relevant than ever.

In June 2016, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise carried an unusual load to the deserted, icy landscape. They sailed among the ice-floes with a concert piano and the acclaimed composer Ludovico Einaudi to transmit the message of the eight million people who have raised their voices against the economic exploitation of the Arctic by supporting the Greenpeace Save the Arctic campaign.

Ludovico Einaudi translated their protest to the language of music, hoping that the sounds reflected from the fragmented walls of ice will reach even those who really have the opportunity to protect one of the last untouched regions of Earth.

Video: YouTube/Greenpeace España
Further information: Greenpeace

Australian artist inspired by pristine beaches

Sidney-based artist Maria Antuanelle uses a special technique to produce breathtakingly beautiful paintings of ocean shores untouched by human hand.

Sea Walls – murals tell stories about the oceans

The public art programme of the PangeaSeed Foundation aims to focus attention on the importance of preserving the oceans. Since its launch in 2014, more than two hundred and fifty artists have joined the initiative: their murals proclaim the beauty and the vulnerability of the seas in fifteen countries, on some 350 walls.

Paintings bring us face to face with sea waste

In the 1950s, the vivid colours, loud lettering and wry humour of pop art held a mirror up for the nascent consumer culture. The American painter Karen Hackenberg follows in the footsteps of Andy Warhol as she tries to rouse the plastic-addicted consumers of the 21st century.

Sea-art: an exciting artistic collaboration with corals

The over fifteen-year-old street art formation 1UP Crew have left the streets of Berlin for the bottom of the ocean in Indonesia to bring awareness to one of the greatest problems of the oceans, the destruction of coral reefs by pollution and warming.

Climate charts transformed into graffiti art

Alisa Singer is one of the growing number of artists who wish to use their creative toolkit to make the alarming reality behind the dry numbers of climate statistics more tangible, comprehensible.

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...

This is the loss that India’s glaciers suffer in a minute – thought-provoking photos

In his series of photos entitled Counting the Costs, South African photographer Dillon Marsh wishes to raise awareness of the dramatic processes at work in nature while humans continue with their accustomed everyday lives.

Cautionary tunes on novel instruments

Musicians from Norway have called the world’s attention to the dangers of climate change using an especially cool venue and elegance.

Ernő Dohnányi: Cascades

Ernő Dohnányi, who has been discovered in recent decades, primarily considered himself to be a composer, although he also worked as a concert pianist, conductor and teacher. This is not surprising: he had been writing music since the age of 7, and even at 83, he wrote experimental pieces.

Whale wisdom and other award-winning nature films

Rick Rosenthal’s nature documentary Whale Wisdom has won the grand prize at the 5th International Nature Film Festival Gödöllő, held between 24 and 26 May. More than a hundred nature documentaries were presented to the public at the event.