"There's this collective feeling of the unknown and of unease. Art is so important right now. People find comfort in it. It helps tell the story, bring hope or clarity, or understanding."
This from one of the scientists participating in Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate during our most recent artist-scientist (virtual) salon, held a few weeks ago.
It is an apt observation, both as people the world over steel themselves during this time of great pandemic-induced uncertainty and in the face of the climate crisis.
For Third Coast Disrupted, science-inspired art will explore and tell the story of climate change impacts – and solutions – in the Chicago region to build awareness, foster hope and spur climate action.
After our artist-scientist retreat last fall – which you generously made possible – and three artist-scientist salons since then, our seven artists have just completed their final proposals and are now on the path toward their exhibition artworks.
What they envision are potent interpretations of what is and what can be.
Andrew Yang, for instance, plans a gallery installation that will depict 415 parts per million of atmospheric carbon dioxide to, in his words, “visualize the invisible, potent system of atmospheric CO2 and make sensory and visible what is otherwise so exceedingly abstract.”
It is a sort of data visualization reminiscent of his earlier A Beach (for Carl Sagan), which depicted the number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy using grains of sand. (Pictured below, by photographer Paul Carlo Esposito.)
All of the artworks in Third Coast Disrupted: Artists + Scientists on Climate will be springboards for dialogue, which is the beginning of climate action.
With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day upon us, we reflect on safety – that brought about by a stable climate and healthy environment, and all of the manifestations brought to light during this pandemic. And we send sincere wishes that you and yours are indeed safe and well.