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Elizabeth A. Michael W. Klemens is a senior conservationist at the Wildlife Conservation Society and director of its Metropolitan Conservation Alliance. Nature in Fragments : The Legacy of Sprawl. Johnson , Michael W. Freshwater Wetland Biodiversity in an Urbanizing World. Ecosystems Disturbance and the Impact of Sprawl.
Bees Pollination and the Challenges ofSprawl. He settled in St. Since the s, the artist has made eight journeys to the Private Collection, rainforests of Central and South America, where she works alongside Digital C-print scientists at biological field stations. In these locations, Kannisto composes 51 x 63 in. Courtesy of the artist Flower Arrangement, Sanna Kannisto isolates her subjects from their natural environment in Digital C-print this still life of a bat sucking nectar from a bromeliad flower.
The man-made intrusion into the natural beauty of this scene, dramatically lit against a black backdrop, lends a critical edge to the photograph. By inserting implements used to study and document speci- mens, Kannisto obliquely questions scientific attempts to contain, control, and define nature. When interviewed, she often wonders aloud whether science and her chosen medium of photography can be truly objective in their pursuit of knowledge.
The early artist spent two years in South America studying and drawing plants and insects. In , she published the Metamorphosis of Insects in Surinam to international acclaim. Both artists focus on a particular species and its food source to illuminate the symbiotic relationship between flora and fauna. He ironically appropriates images of the bibli- Courtesy of the artist and Tanya cal Adam and Eve, famously engraved by the Renaissance artist Albrecht Bonakdar Gallery, New York Durer, for his human icons.
By referencing the history of science, the artist calls into question persistent beliefs about human superiority over life. Both biologist and artist, Ernst Haeckel created a unique encyclopedia Courtesy of Linda Hall Library of life illustrated with dazzling imagery that popularized biodiversity. Missouri In Hexacoralla, Haeckel illustrates fifteen different corals, including star-shaped specimens and reef colonies like the brain coral depicted in the center.motm.it/images/2019-04-24/2698.php
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Although intensely colorful in reality, the corals are purposely portrayed in black and white to highlight their six-fold symmetrical structure. During his travels, Haeckel discovered several thousand new species, some of which appear in Art Forms of Nature. Barton William Barton was a US Navy physician and surgeon whose passion Macoto Murayama The detailed complexity of a single Asiatic dayflower, a native plant that for botany guided his illustrated book on medicinal plants.
He drew fifty produces the blue dye used in Japanese woodblock prints, is heightened in American, — specimens directly from nature and described the properties of each plant Japanese, b. Fusing the traditional methods of natural Cornus Florida L. Commelina communis L. States, vol. Currently, the Florida dogwood is listed as endangered in Courtesy of Frantic Gallery, vations in sketches and photographs. Maine, threatened in Vermont, and vulnerable in New York.
Tokyo then revealed through modeling in 3-D computer software. The whole Courtesy of Linda Hall Library Vegetable Materia Medica, considered a botanical classic, is a specimen comes together when separate parts of the flower are digitally of Science, Engineering, and significant example of a scientist-artist documenting and disseminating rendered into a final composition. For the first time, people in North scientific labels, measurements, and scales.
Missouri America no longer had to rely on European-written herbals that Inspired by architectural plans, Murayama creates what he calls contained little information on New World plants. Considered one of the first Pennsylvania. This ecological concept could be communicated by artists who meticulously studied the elemen- tal patterns of nature. Utilizing polarized light and high-magnification German, — patterns, repetitive symmetry, and balanced geometries in the structures American, b. Russia, — microscopes, the biologist-artist invented a technique of colorization to Diatoms Actinoptychus heliopelta, of plants and animals.
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He experimented Archival digital inkjet print directly from life. The pho- 9 x 13 in. He created many microphotographs of these organisms that microphotography in the s. Diatoms also function as environmental indicators, signaling to The to direct and film an educational series titled Living Biology. He made circular diatom resembles a mandala, a holistic symbol that appears in significant contributions to the burgeoning field of micro-cinematography many cultures worldwide.
This biological and cultural relationship under- through the s. During this time, he held a unique position as professor scores the importance of nature for spiritual sustenance. The most widely known The concept of extinction—the complete loss of mass extinction wiped out the dinosaurs after an aster- Why has not anyone seen that fossils alone gave birth to a theory about the an animal or plant species—first came to prominence oid crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.
In the early s, Georges Cuvier, an expert in extinctions. A new concept of Earth as the first time, the cause will be human activities: habitat ancient and ever-changing slowly replaced a static, loss, invasive species, pollution, population growth, theological view of life. With each new find, a more detailed But there is encouraging news. Plants and animals narrative of early life and its environment crystallized.
From planting forests majestically during the late nineteenth and early twen- in Africa to establishing marine protected areas in the tieth centuries, when natural history museums began South Pacific, the resiliency of life within these reserves commissioning artists to paint panoramic murals. Their urgently underscores that more can be achieved to works provided the context and ambiance to experience mitigate a mass extinction event.
In the s, paleo art developed into a specialized notes field for artists working alongside paleontologists, who 1 Gerardo Ceballosa, Paul R. Ehrlich, and Rodolfo Dirzo, study fossils of extinct life and ancient ecosystems. Their existence and demise emphasize the vast stretch of time required for building biodiversity. The mammoth was found frozen in a cosmic blink of an eye. As the fossil record shows, Siberia and excavated by Michael Friedrich Adams, a Russian recovery from the loss of biodiversity takes eons. The naturalist, in Country of the Iguanodon appealed to the much-admired artist, who Courtesy of Linda Hall Library specialized in painting sublime landscapes with epic biblical themes.
Missouri The Megalosaurus and the Iguanodon, the first known dinosaurs, were also interpreted by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins in life-sized, concrete sculptures. Dating from , they were exhibited in Sydenham Park out- side London to accompany the great exhibition hall of the Crystal Palace. French, — humans living alongside now-extinct species such as mammoths and cave American, b.
It was one of twenty-five primeval landscapes illustrating the life Quetzalcoatlus, sured close to forty feet, by comparing it to the towering trees of a North Appearance of Man from Louis of past geological ages, which the author believed was swept away by the Oil and acrylic on illustration American forest dating one hundred million years ago. The World before the Deluge, his most widely Museum, Albany ance on anatomy and musculature, Miller draws preliminary sketches for Courtesy of Linda Hall Library read work, attempted to reconcile rapidly emerging scientific evidence of his final paintings on permanent display at museums around the country.
A solo exhibition, deer. In , Quetzalcoatlus was changed dramatically, after proof of human interactions with extinct ani- exhibited in Paleo Art at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In archaeologists uncovered, from a rock shelter in France, a section of ivory carved with an image of a living mammoth. Knight Charles Knight was one of the first artists to paint panoramic murals of extinct animals in their prehistoric habitat for natural history museums. The grass- Courtesy of the American lands where these animals grazed eventually succumbed to dense forests.
Knight worked with Henry Fairfield Osborn, a paleontologist and curator at the American Museum of Natural History, to assemble fossil- ized bones of extinct creatures into life-like poses for exhibition. He made models of the skeletons and added clay muscles and skin using his knowl- edge of contemporary animal anatomy. A dual passion for the world of living fauna inspired the artist to draw zoo animals and study the bronze sculptures of Antoine-Louis Barye, whose Wolf Holding a Stag by the Throat is illustrated on page He eventually cast some of these sculptures, including a woolly mammoth, into bronze.
The artist authored and illustrated volumes about prehistoric biodi- versity, as well as a how-to book titled Animal Drawing: Anatomy and Action for Artists Biologists estimate that 50 percent of all plants and animals will vanish before the end of landscape painting became the preeminent genre and defined the course of nineteenth-century art. Artists Extinction by Human Actions this century. We turn to the work of artists, who have an of natural scenery.
Paintings and photographs of extraordinary capacity to touch us in ways that facts majestic landscapes also helped catalyze the creation of and figures cannot. Artists transform scientific documentation about World War II ushered in the growth of the early human-induced extinctions—the dodo, the great nuclear and petrochemical industries, whose pollution How can you expect the birds to sing when the groves are cut down?
The consequences of stirring portraits and still lifes. Sometimes they draw inspiration the natural world, including the climate. The term from nothing but pathetic remains. Since the first Homo sapiens migrated out of As in the past, an intensifying crisis now chal- Africa one hundred thousand years ago, three waves of lenges artists to communicate the shocking loss of life human-induced extinctions have been identified. Each and ecosystems. Their creative interpretations of signif- surge increased in scope and intensity.
The loss of life at icant historical, human-induced extinctions contribute these major junctions in time spurred new rituals and to an evolving public consciousness supporting bio- forms of art to spiritually compensate for the traumatic diversity. Artists ultimately hope to galvanize mind- harm inflicted on other species. They used fire to clear forests and attract animal prey favoring mixed woods and grassland habitats.
To maintain stable populations of notes herds, cave paintings may have communicated concepts 1 Geraldo Ceballos, Paul R. In separate locations around the world, intensive farming 2 Statistic cited in the Living Planet Report , published by the and animal domestication resulted in deforestation World Wildlife Fund and the Zoological Society of London, The publication was summarized by Damian Carrington and human population explosions.
India, and Mesoamerica. This imagery corresponded to the creation of groves for worship that helped to Passenger pigeon, Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, catalog no. UWBM Artists often study museum specimens in collections The third and largest extinction wave coincided storage to inspire and guide their work. American, — Newfoundland coast. It is noteworthy that Audubon Previously Consumed by Humans, Christy Rupp constructed Great Auk from bones of industrially raised Hand-colored lithograph did not paint birds on the spot, but rather hunted and posed them in his — chickens marketed in fast-food restaurants and supermarkets.
Steel, chicken bones, mixed ture, along with twelve other life-sized resurrected skeletons, commemo- Courtesy Linda Hall Library A self-taught artist and natural scientist, Audubon began drawing media rates birds decimated by human consumption. Rupp began her series of Science, Engineering, and every known bird in the United States in Missouri or lithographed and hand-colored for publication.
Although the artist attempted to Atlantic, for their down feathers stuffed in pillows. The rarity of cannot recreate or fix nature. This delivered the species its final blow in She also threatened, or in decline. He was particularly American, b. Tenniel, in turn, was captivated The Dodo and Mauritius Island, by a portrait of the bird painted by the seventeenth-century Dutch artist Imaginary Encounters, Roelant Savery. He produced a series of photographs and wrote a fascinating history of the dodo that resulted in an award-winning book, The Dodo and Mauritius Island: Imaginary Encounters Now recognized as the largest member of the pigeon family, the dodo became extinct eighty-three years after Dutch sailors landed on Mauritius Island in In Les Gris Gris 3, named after the geographic locale of this pho- tograph, Kallio resurrects a lost world of helpless birds that could not fly away to safety.
As the young birds grow American, — up, their enemies, armed with axes, reach the spot, to seize and Passenger Pigeon, from Birds of destroy all they can. The trees are felled, and made to fall in such America, vol. Courtesy of Linda Hall Library In this manner also, immense quantities are destroyed.
The artist also lamented the loss of Eastern forests that he knew would affect the viability of the passenger pigeon population.
Fast, grace- ful, and traveling up to sixty miles per hour, the birds fed mainly on acorns, chestnuts, and beech nuts in the extensive woodlands of North America. As the trees were steadily logged, passenger pigeons lost their habitat and food supply. The passenger pigeon met its final demise almost seventy-five years after Audubon interpreted a breeding pair in Birds of America. Canadian, b.
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Sara Angelucci morphs Courtesy of artist photographs of taxidermy specimens and images from vintage visiting cards that were popular in the nineteenth century. These photographs belong to Aviary, a series on endangered and extinct North American birds created by Angelucci during a — residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In conjunction with her museum installation, the artist conceived and produced an unusual, multi-person choral performance inspired by bird calls. Numbering in the billions, these birds migrated across the North American continent in miles-long flocks in search of food.
In less than a century, the most abundant bird on Earth was destroyed by the large-scale, unregulated commercial hunting of cheap meat for urban dwellers. All are painted at life-size to ensure accuracy of Gone, from the Taxa series, scale. The paintings explore how current biodiversity science Oil and alkyd on canvas over can inform art-making and how art objects contribute to both panel political and scientific dialogues. Private Collection —Isabella Kirkland Gone is one of six paintings by Isabella Kirkland in a series that portrays nearly four hundred species of plants and animals.
During many years of extensive research, the artist visited natural history museums around the world to study and document specimens. In this still life of human-made extinction, Kirkland interprets sixty-three species that have vanished since the eighteenth century. While honoring artists such as Rachel Ruysch — , Kirkland indirectly connects extinct species with the cas- cading effects of early European exploration, exploitation of nature, and commerce.
Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The artworks call attention to just a few of the ten thousand endangered risk. Drawing from scientific naturalism, conservation photography, Pop art, Surrealism, and Formline art, Plants and Animals on the Edge of Survival and critically endangered species classified by the among others, artists create works that garner empathy International Union for the Conservation of Nature. They provocatively confront Nineteenth-century artists John James Audubon the extinction crisis that was merely intuited in and George Catlin were among the earliest Americans nineteenth-century art.
To counter these draconian actions And we therefore yield to our neighbors, continental footprints. The loss of the bison, a keystone and advance the timeline of conservation milestones, species for ensuring a healthy ecosystem, was calamitous artists offer a unique form of communication that taps Even our animal neighbors, to Native Americans and the grasslands of the Great into the core of human culture—beauty and emo- The same right as ourselves, to inhabit this land. Its near extermination by was a wake-up tion. Inspired by the natural world, art has shaped the call that bolstered the conservation movement.
Between and , national forests, artists have the capacity to heighten public awareness 53 federal wildlife preserves, 5 national parks, and 18 about the current condition of life and environmental national monuments encompassing million acres distress. Historically, this knowledge has strengthened of public land were created. The landmark US Endangered Species Act of , supported by both political parties and signed into law by President Richard Nixon, has notes reduced the loss of biodiversity by providing for the 1 The decimation of the American bison coincided with the exter- mination of the passenger pigeon.
Both witnessed catastrophic conservation of plants, animals, and the ecosystems declines between and The American bison was nur- upon which they depend. Approximately 2, species tured back to viability as a species while the passenger pigeon are currently listed as endangered or threatened under perished. He documented the indigenous cultures of the Museum, Gift of Mrs. Joseph Great Plains that depended on the American bison for survival. By , the Harrison Jr. Ten thousand bison were rescued and nurtured to create new Western herds. Hornaday, chief taxidermist at the Smithsonian Institution.
This largest North American mammal is currently listed as near threatened, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Fewer than thirty thousand animals are in conservation herds and fewer than five thousand are unfenced and disease free. Efforts to bolster the species continue through the work of the Intertribal Buffalo Council.
In contrast to the ominous future predicted by George Catlin, the prospects for both indige- nous peoples and the bison will remain strong as long as respect for human rights, the environment, and this awesome creature is vigilantly enforced. Mainstream society often wolf and a mighty male deer.
Barye, hailed as the most celebrated animal sculptor of Inert Wolf, creative sovereign growth. The back half of this piece is contained, Throat, modeled cast date his time, mastered anatomy by sketching exotic mammals in a Paris zoo. It is sad and the struggle is evident. Bronze renowned National Museum of Natural History. The riveting presence of this taxi- as Little Red Riding Hood, which dates back one thousand years. The complicated relationship between wolves and native ancestry, focusing on loss of habitat from sprawling development people has resulted in their on-again, off-again listing as an endangered that impacts both his people and wolves.
Northwest Coast clans revere the species. In , federal protection for the wolf was eliminated. Woven into family The gray wolf is a keystone species whose presence benefits all aspects identities, its image often appears on masks and totem poles. The extermi- of the environment. Biologists estimate 5, wolves remain, with populations in Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. A few packs also roam Oregon, Washington, and California. The historic population in these regions has been estimated at four hundred thousand. Human threats to wolf survival remain significant without the protections guaranteed by the Endangered Species Act, which were first granted in the s and recently stripped away.
His historic screen prints were among the American, — first interpretations of endangered wildlife by a prominent contemporary Endangered Species, artist. With his Pop art flair, the artist 38 x 38 in. In , Warhol interpreted fifteen more species for the book Vanishing Animals. Art and science coalesced in his collaboration with Dr. The artist pays homage to the artist-biologist Ernst Haeckel and his influential drawings of flora and fauna in his book Art Forms of Nature Carnivorous plants survive in low-nutrient bogs by trapping and digesting insects.
These swamp-like environments are often drained and developed for residential and agricultural use. The Venus flytrap now survives in the wild within a seventy-five-mile area in North Carolina. Threatened due to habitat destruction and rampant poaching of wild species, it is currently listed as a species of concern, a status that offers no legal protection. In , a group of botanists petitioned for Endangered Species Act listing, which would provide the plants a chance to survive. In Carnival Insectivora, von Foerster includes human hands lovingly safeguarding a vessel of imperiled plants.
Offering this bouquet to the viewer, the artist affirms the beauty and vitality of an extraordinary group of plants whose future we hold. When you fly over such a vast British, b. But between of Elephants Killed at the Hands an insatiable demand for animal parts and natural resources of Man, Amboseli, from Across the from other countries, and a sky-rocketing human population, the Ravaged Land, animals are being relentlessly squeezed out and hunted down. Archival pigment print 44 x 78 in. One in five elephant herds are currently orphaned in this way, depriving youngsters the knowledge for survival.
Brandt has spent much of his career in Africa championing the con- servation of its vanishing wildlife and habitat. Less than 20 percent of elephant habitat is formally protected. To help meet this need, Brandt co-founded Big Life Foundation, which has hired hundreds of rangers to safeguard the Amboseli National Park ecosystem that connects Kenya and Tanzania.
According to a report from the United Nations Environment Programme, illegal wildlife trafficking in Africa alone is a multi-billion- dollar-a-year industry, ranking fourth on the global black market. As both a beast of burden and revered for its power to bring good luck, the elephant has been celebrated by many authors, from Rudyard Kipling to Doctor Seuss. The animal also figures prominently in the ritual art of indigenous African communities. Based on photographs taken by the artist American, b.
England, in Svalbard and Greenland, the drawing is a requiem to a species in peril. Arctic Father calls attention to a challenging international conser- vation project that monitors remote populations of polar bears and their prospects for survival. On June 29, , Felber observed this polar bear tagged as Number Tagged a year earlier, Number 14 is an eleven-year-old male in his prime. Bears in Svalbard rarely live longer than twenty years.
At the time, he was accompanied by a female of approximately the same age. Triggered by human activities, warming temperatures have significantly melted the floes on which polar bears breed, travel, and fish. The animals are also threatened by increasing fossil fuel exploration along with destructive ice-breaking and shipping activities in the Arctic Ocean. In , the Endangered Species Act listed polar bears as threatened. The same human pressures on polar bears have also negatively impacted indigenous peoples whose resilient cultures, developed over thousands of years in response to an extreme environment, are in jeopardy.
Preston Singletary transforms the image of an orca, often called a killer Collection of Museum of Glass, whale, into an unusual sculpture that captures the charisma of the animal. Tacoma, Washington, Gift of By integrating the abstraction of Pacific Northwest Formline design into the artist glass, the artist energizes both Native American art and the contemporary glass medium. For centuries, the Tlingit and other indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast have revered the orca.
Only artists within this clan have the privilege of carving killer whale ceremonial masks and depicting the animal on totem poles and house screens. Tragically, the orcas in Puget Sound are now threatened with extinction. The southern resident orcas numbered only seventy-six indi- viduals in October They are currently listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. This population, unlike transient orcas that feed on marine mammals, depends on fat-rich Chinook salmon for survival.
The Chinook, a keystone salmon species, supports more than animal species, such as bears, eagles, and river otters. They are currently listed as threatened in the Columbia River and Puget Sound, where orcas feed in early spring and summer. The spring-run Chinook are listed as endangered in the Upper Columbia River. Other threats to the whales include ocean pollution and excessive noise from boats that interfere with echolocation, their ability to find food.
The interconnection between Chinook salmon and orcas underscores the importance of looking at the health of entire ecosystems. A proposal to establish a binational Salish Sea Marine Sanctuary and Coast Trail would strengthen not only the two species currently at risk but also the health of mountains and rivers of the entire watershed. Can the species now withstand the assault of Overstall water pollution and climate change that elevates temperatures beyond the Canadian, b.
Julie Andreyev and Simon Overstall Salmon People, — frame the challenges facing these fish through colliding imagery from the Still from recombinant multi- Adams River, among the most significant salmon breeding areas in North channel audio-video installation, America, and the urban and industrial environments of Vancouver and minutes Surrey, British Columbia. Courtesy of the artists Salmon are threatened by habitat loss, hydroelectric dams on migra- tory rivers, overharvesting of rare stocks, and competition with hatchery fish.
Consequently, about 35 percent of the Fraser River sockeye salmon subpopulations are listed as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Pacific Northwest salmon are keystone species, which means that an entire ecosystem, including humans, depend upon them for survival. Even the forests, fertilized by decaying salmon carcasses, are nourished by this fish. Sacred to indigenous peoples, salmon feature prominently in art and Northwest Coast cultural identity.
A three-channel video of changing combinations of imagery became an immersive environment, enhanced by natural and synthesized sound- scapes. I am convinced that only by setting aside half the planet in reserve, or more, can we save the living part of the environment and achieve the stabilization required for our own survival.
Their evocative, haunting works broaden guidance. Artists are in the forefront of this planetary our understanding of these problems and inspire the effort, creatively mitigating environmental distress conservation of wildlife and ecosystems. Human pres- through their work. Wilson: creative strategies to enhance life and restore the essen- tial bond between people and the natural world.
They Habitat Loss designed works that actually revived depleted habitats. Invasive Species This approach, called ecological art or eco-art , has Population Growth catalyzed ongoing remediation projects, some of which Pollution are documented here. Although are exacerbated by climate change. This eco-artwork took five years to complete. Both are classified as biodi- the greatest danger to biodiversity. Eighty-five per- versity hotspots because of the extreme threats posed cent of all species on the International Union for the by human activities. Artists both call attention to this problem notes When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin and conceive eco-artworks that help species recover.
Collaborations with local and and wolves will be reintroduced. This painting, informed by photographs of fallen soldiers on Civil War battlefields, was one of the first landscapes with deforestation as a central theme. Darius loss. Merlin, Oregon, aging timber industry practices. Against this background, a conservation and — Kinsey worked on commission for logging companies and satisfied Archival inkjet print success story continues to unfold.
Man lying in the completed the demand for portraits of individual loggers at work. His wife, Tabitha, 30 x 45 in. In , the US Fish and Wildlife Service placed the spotted owl undercut of a twelve-foot cedar, developed and printed the negatives. Forest Plan. It established old growth reserves and conservation areas in made from an 11 x 14 in.
Most of these giants, which twenty million acres of federal land from logging. The plan also provided Whatcom Museum, The surviving trees are home to the threatened spotted owl. Since the The spotted owl symbolizes how the Endangered Species Act can s, the Endangered Species Act has protected these birds by preserving protect wildlife from extinction while preserving critical ecosystems on the remnants of their old growth habitat on national forest and state lands. North America. They outcompete the spotted owl for limited nesting sites. They underscore the necessity of promoting sustainable logging the recovery of many timber towns once hostile to conservation efforts.
Salish-Okanagan , b. The intimate scale of Clear Cut to the Last Tree entices viewers to peer Collection of the Vancouver Art into a haunting drama of great beauty and desperation. This startling fusion of styles from two distinct cultures symbolically references diverging attitudes toward Pacific Northwest old growth forests.
Once stretching unbroken from mountains to sea, trees provided indig- enous peoples with everything needed for survival, including materials for ritual art. Alive with meaning and sacred spaces, the forest sustains Northwest culture in the same way that the buffalo nurtured life on the Great Plains. By contrast, the artist reminds viewers that the settlers who claimed indigenous lands during the nineteenth century considered the forest a commodity.
Clear cutting continues to devastate mountains, which literally slide away without their anchor of tree roots. The disembodied mountain in Clear Cut to the Last Tree suggests this process of disintegration. The artist, born into a family of notable activists, sees himself as a history painter in the tradition of European old masters. Instead of mining stories from classical literature, he introduces the critical issues that currently face First Nations people.
As was the practice of earlier artists, Yuxwelupton made a preliminary sketch for this composition. A lone American, b. In the adjacent scene, A Hand in Two Worlds, from the the fate of humankind looks just as terrifying. Trophy hunting for grizzlies within the greater Yellowstone ecosystem is now permitted after the loss of Endangered Species Act safeguards. Walker emphasizes the tension between humans and wildlife in his three-dimensional frame, a synthesis of animal and machine that unifies the four compositions.
With technology becoming the lens through which people now define themselves, the artist compels us to reconsider our relationship with the natural world. Their return began in American, b. In , he created a public artwork in Seattle titled hydro-geo-bio. It includes a rain garden and twenty-nine cavity-nesting bird houses in a fourteen-foot-tall stormwater holding tank. Enhancing biodiversity, this project underlines the connection between earth, water, and life. I was fighting to save the Amazon rainforest. Vast amounts of chemical fertilizers must the largest single contributors to climate change.
Their culture, along indigenous peoples, are endangered by development. The area includes Degradation in Developing Countries offers 3, species of plants, species of birds and monetary and technical assistance to governments, species of mammals, including giant otters, woolly landowners, and villagers who protect their forests.
This dramatic photograph encapsulates American and Spanish, b. Loggers soon arrive to harvest mahogany and other hardwoods, Man-Made Fires to Clear the and ranchers burn the remaining trees to clear land for grazing cows. Rainforest, Much of the agricultural activities are dominated by large corporations Archival digital print and revolve around soybeans grown for animal feed.
Beef exported for 40 x 60 in. His new book, Forests, features photographs of disap- forests in the past decade to provide pearing rainforests in Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Japanese and European paper- and Borneo, Indonesia. It includes a poignant plea for action by primate making industries, biologist Jane Goodall. Archival digital print 40 x 60 in. In this photograph a huge swath of eucalyptus trees destined for the Japanese paper-making industry has displaced the biodiversity of the rainforest.
Virgin forest still dominates 90 percent of Amapa, which also includes the largest tropical forest park in the world, Tumucumaque Mountains National Park. The region is now threatened by off-shore oil drilling, the industrial agriculture of soy bean, and increased gold mining, which has polluted city water supplies with mercury. Perched precariously on a but they can strip a tree in a single night, and repeat this night after American, b.
Union for the Conservation of Nature, 90 percent of the one hundred Video with sound, minutes Collection of Lemur Courtesy of the artist —Catherine Chalmers lemur species, endemic to Madagascar, face extinction within the next Conservation Foundation, twenty-five years. Myakka City, Florida In Madagascar, only 16 percent of the forest landscape remains For more than eight years, beginning in , Catherine Chalmers collab- intact, due to logging and slash-and-burn agriculture for rice propagation.
By studying and working in tandem with ant behavior, she composition to indicate the human activities responsible for deforesta- reveals parallels with our own species. In We Rule, Chalmers links the insa- tion. He also remembers the once-lush rainforests of Africa, India, and tiable defoliating capacity of ants with the human destruction of forests. By introducing ants to Bougainvillea flowers, delicate seeds, and Lemur Conservation Foundation.
Museum of Natural History. The artist was invited by the museum to During her expeditions, Chalmers noticed that different ant colonies explore the Brazilian rainforest in conjunction with biologist Thomas exhibited different behaviors, or personalities. A large oil painting, also titled and others ignored them. Coral reefs, the most diverse of all marine ecosystems, It succumbed to mass bleaching events in and are often called the rainforests of the sea.
Covering less Ice ages have come and gone. Coral reefs have persisted. Half As oceans absorb acidic carbon dioxide emissions a billion people depend on these reefs for food. In an effort to replenish reef US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration together to create hard skeletons of calcium carbon- ecosystems, Jason deCaires Taylor creates underwater ate. Through this process, they become the largest biological structures on Earth. As of , almost 16 percent of National Marine Sanctuary have begun to rescue marine areas within national jurisdiction are pro- and grow coral in underwater nurseries dedicated tected, including most recently the expansion of the to revitalizing damaged reefs.
In addition to conserv- ing the reefs, they will establish coral seed banks to restore distressed reefs in the future.
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I want them to understand how tragic it would be to lose these ecosystems and to feel empowered to help. In the past thirty years, 50 percent of coral reefs have disappeared due to rising ocean temperatures caused by climate change. On the brink of bleaching, they produce fluorescent proteins that function like sunscreen protection. This process signals a last-ditch effort to survive. With degrees in marine ecology, environmental studies, and ceramic sculpture, Mattison expands the tradition of coral reef imag- ery first popularized by the artist-biologist Ernst Haeckel.
It is the people themselves. British, b. Working with botanists, Cortada Nizu. Five hundred sculptures were cast from live models, sculpted, and began collaborating with Miami merchants, who raised twenty-five hun- installed on the ocean floor to form an artificial reef in Community volunteers then planted the seedlings along the new habitats for the multitude of species that depend on these creatures barrier island of Key Biscayne. Similar collaborations in other locations for survival.
His well-publicized ecological art installations, encrusted with followed, including in the nearby Virginia Key featured in this photograph new life, attract scuba-diving tourists away from remaining fragile sites and accompanying video by Bill Bilowit. Seventy-five percent of all tropical fish water sculpture park, installed in off the island country of Grenada. Mangroves Titled Vicissitudes, its seventy-five sculptures form part of an established also protect humans from the flooding and coastal erosion caused by Marine Protected Area. Included in this ensemble are a circle of twenty- hurricanes.
The success of his eco-artworks depends on a collaboration lumber, they are among the most threatened habitats on Earth. The last with marine biologists, diving enthusiasts, and government leaders. The Miami Science Museum now Frost Science Museum adopted and expanded the project, which now covers twenty-five acres of coastal habitat restored by seventy-five hundred citizen conservationists. Now living in two-thirds of all US water- the environment, human health, or the economy.
These ways, it contributes to the decline of native aquatic life. In the United States, invasive species threaten them in backyards. Pet owners buy and set loose exotic or endanger 42 percent of native plants. Hundreds of animals. Most recently, tens by travelers, in ships whose ballast water carries aquatic of millions of ash trees have died due to an Asian beetle.
In , the Only a few artists have tackled the issue of inva- International Union for the Conservation of Nature sive species. The zebra mussel, native to Russia, was by their arrival. These jobs focus on education, across the country fighting invasive species. Many early detection monitoring, and rapid response regions, states, cities, and local communities guard efforts. State and regional chapters also encourage early detection and citizen-science programs.
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The artist portrays seventy-four non-native species that have been introduced in some part of the United States or its trust territories. His blueprint illumi- American Montanoa hibiscifolia bush daisy , outcompete native plants that provide American, b. The Montanoa Hibiscifolia, from food and shelter for other life to flourish. Conquistadors, —, story of slaughtered and suffering indigenous peoples by European new- Invasive Species series, For her Invasive Species series, the artist paints over digitized prints Blueprint, edition of 10 comers is well known.
Audubon print America. Sometimes the birds and plants are paired because they live in Courtesy of the artist and Tanya Conquistadors references the explorer-soldiers who, beginning in 36 x 25 in. In this print, the ences the suffocating nature of alien species. On In Montanoa Hibiscifolia the agitated leaves and flowers of the bush either side are the major mammals from North and South America daisy entangle and threaten the survival of a whooping crane. This peren- displaced by these invaders. The species was rescued from the verge of extinction through other forms of life.
Only fifteen birds remained in , due to unregulated hunting and habitat loss.
Today, their scarce numbers approximately five hundred birds qualify them for endangered species status. As interpreted by Gottlieb, invasive plants exacerbate the problems faced by many threatened flora and fauna. The current worldwide population of 7. Consumption will also increase, expanding astounding prediction of 70 percent by Depleting in the earth to produce subsistence for man. The greening of dling and degraded food and water supplies.
Courtesy of the artist. We want our sculptures to Earth in colossal ways. My hope is that these pictures will actually play a part in restoring the ecological balance of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian stimulate a process of thinking about something essential to our American, b. As a microcosm of an escalating crisis, human communities near Reno, Nevada.
On one side of an Arizona desert road, intensive use of limited A video, The Nature of Art, focuses on the weaving of one of these municipal water supplies endangers the future of human inhabitants. Made from willow- On the other side, Native American tribes set aside 35 percent of their branch bundles, the work captures silt and water, preventing erosion while land as a nature preserve.
Their work ground. Modern life is comfortable and convenient, but we rarely think about what we exchange for that. Chinese, b. Compressing up to forty layers of his own photographs and video footage, he creates animations about overpopulation and the loss of an ancient cultural identification with the natural world.
Trained in ancient Chinese calligraphy, Yongliang dramatically interprets the black-and-white graphic qualities of the medium in his video animations.
Here two worlds collide, expressing challenging environmental realities in what the artist describes as a more meaningful, contemporary form of communication. Pencil, ink, and colored pencil on Wildlife corridors are among the most important solutions to habitat paper fragmentation.