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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

Artist recreates the ocean using recycled textiles

Portuguese artist Vanessa Barragão makes sculptures out of textiles on an exquisite theme: her incredible pieces pay homage to the extraordinary, colourful creatures of the oceans. She uses industrial textile waste to create woollen carpets, tapestries and wall ornaments that imitate the structure of coral.

Dramatic underwater compositions

Art from the Baroque period is characterised by dynamic compositions and ethereal light effects. It may seem that oil painting is the only medium for the Baroque aesthetic, a series of photos entitled Muses by Christy Lee Rogers proves that underwater photography can also evoke the mood of dramatic Baroque paintings.

Breath-taking photos of the tiny denizens of the sea

The Japanese photographer Ryo Minemizu chose a special theme and genre for his images: he takes underwater photographs of the smallest creatures of the seas. He has been recording the mysterious and astonishingly spectacular micro world of plankton for 20 years.

Fairy-tale blue lake captured by nomadic photographer

Nathaniel Wise uses his camera to explore the most beautiful spots on our planet. Currently, he leads a nomadic lifestyle, travelling around the western regions of North America between the Pacific Ocean and the Rocky Mountains.

Climate change – tuned to cello

Daniel Crawford has composed a piece for cello using global warming data.

On the trail of Monet’s water lilies

Claude Monet, the pioneer of impressionism and one of the greatest masters of modern art liked painting plein air, that is to say outdoors to capture natural light and colours, in his own garden. His most famous works are the pieces of the series of 250 large paintings entitled Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies).

Five tonnes of ocean waste turned into installation art

Some 150 million tonnes of plastic is afloat in the oceans, contributing to the destruction of plant and animal life. In 2018, Brooklyn-based Studio KCA used 5 tonnes of waste collected from the Atlantic and Pacific oceans to build a breathtaking, awareness-raising installation.

Aerial photos of the fragile beauty of Earth’s waters

The series of photos entitled Water.Shapes.Earth by award-winning photographer Milan Radisics offers a spectacular introduction to how water has shaped the surface of our Earth over millions of years.

Majestic images from under the water

A host of sharks in a frenzy in the ocean, a seal playing underwater, a whale and a diver dancing, a turtle caught in a fishing net and the portrait of a rainbow-coloured ray are among of the winners of the Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019 contest.

The miniature sculptures of nature: macro photos of water droplets

Macro photography is more than just taking good close-up photos – the technique offers a new perspective and shows tiny, often overlooked details of the world. Canadian photographer Don Komarechka explores nature through his macro lens, transforming droplets of water into miniature works of art.

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