Inspired and co-ordinated by Katja Rosenberg for the Greater London Authority
Each piece for this exhibition was created by teams built of two or more generations.
The exhibition expressed why we love nature and why it is important to take responsibility for it.
The exhibition was shown at London's City Hall as part of the Art for Climate Change event in May 2008,
as well as part of the Walthamstow Art Trail in September 2008.
Annelene, Lars and Alena Schulte, Eleana and Louisa Douglas and Enrico and Marisa Reuter
The work symbolizes our changing world in a future vision: A ´New Dawn` is born, where all problems are solved. The world has developed a new order. The little globes show the different healing processes: All nations stand together. The nature overcomes the evil. Superman Arnold saves the world.
Janet Patterson, Lauren Jackson and all their friends who contributed recycled materials
Collage from mixed recycled materials
We are trying to show through our pieces that if we all take care of our world, we will continue to have lush rainforests and stunning landscapes; however if we don't pay attention to what we are doing and to how we are polluting our planet, we will suffer the consequences. Our world will not be strong forever and if we ignore it, it will die and the whole natural world will be damaged beyond repair.
Sumi Perera and the Pereras-Suda, Suvey, Miguel, Dharshan, Kyle and Patrick Murphy and Libby and Jayne Davies-Laframboise
Etching, linocut, stitch, cut and mixed media
This artwork is a gentle reminder to global citizens of the Earth to be conscious of their carbon footprint. (No carbon calculators were hurt during the making of this piece). Most of us have family and friends dispersed widely throughout most continents. Global travel is often imperative. So until pigs learn to fly… we may have to offset air-travel carbon expenditure somewhere else…
Jeanetta and Sam Gibbins
Acrylic on canvas
Greentransport demonstrates causes of environmental damage and highlights the joys of cycling in a clearer environment, which we hope will inspire others in the quest to reduce pollution. Our artwork has enabled us to express our concerns about pollution. We live close to the North Circular Road which has a continuous flow of heavy traffic. In addition to this, the huge incinerator plant between Edmonton and Chingford, which disposes the waste of local and other London boroughs, creates regular emissions which add to the volume of pollution.
Janet Wilson and Hannah Lines
Earth: Hand coloured carborundum print
Wind: Carborundum and monoprint
Fire: Carborundum and monoprint
This work is the result of a collaboration between a printmaker and a fine art student with a special interest in photography. The series of prints is based on the four natural elements: earth, wind, fire and water. The prints are etchings, carborundum and monoprints which celebrate the power and strength of our planet and its potential to provide renewable energy resources for the future.
Fabio Coruzzi, Izzy Cofie and Seth and Sadie Copperthwaite
Screenprint and mixed media
I worked together with three children, I asked them to show me how they imagined the South Pole in the next 150 years from now with drawings and writings. They said that it would melt first and that it would then become a very hot place like Africa today. So I wondered; What about the ice? What will be instead of it? And I came to the conclusion that the human being will replace the ice with mountains of old refrigerators, like a permanent installation, in memory of the old climate. Our message is: We must change direction or it will be too late.
For this piece I reflected on the changing snow fall in Finland- there should be deep snow and ice in January; there was no snow at all in late December 2007.
Grace researched how her peers view climate change and global warming using MSN messenger and an online kid’s game -
she was pleasantly surprised with the responses.
Rory Brooke, Rebecca and Caroline Campbell and Luke Franklin
Rory and William Brooke, Tess and Billie Kilburn and Luke Franklin
'Esme's Inheritance' is a present to our god-daughter. It uses images by her sisters Tess and Billie, my nephew William and Luke Franklin - the son of a friend. It seeks to raise our awareness of how our everyday lives are creating large amounts of carbon dioxide which is contributing to global warming. My intention is that the print will continue to appeal to and inspire Esme as she grows up.
Rory, William and Lily Brooke, Tess and Billie Kilburn, Luke Franklin and Caroline Campbell
'Childhood's End?' develops the ideas in 'Esme's Inheritance' and also includes images by my niece Lily Brooke and niece-in-law Caroline Campbell. The title, minus the question mark, comes from a novel by Arthur C Clarke, which told of the end of our world. My hope is that the sense in which the human race is coming to the end of its childhood is in rising to the challenge of collective action to prevent catastrophic climate change.
Katja Rosenberg and people of all ages from all over the world
Mixed media installation with photography
By sending out an email cascade, I have invited people of all ages from anywhere in the world to take a photograph of their personally favourite piece of nature and send it to me for this exhibition. It was great to get such personal responses from complete strangers. It shows how loved and cherished nature is by us all and how much it means to us to be surrounded by it.
Luisa Maria Power Canario and Rachel Ramirez
Collage from found items
'O Mundo Esquivado' is made almost entirely from items which we collected from the beaches of the Algarve, Portugal and recycled. Within our 'recycled' world we depict some of the various classes of animals and their environments which are under threat from climate change; mammals; polar bears, fish; a yet to be discovered new species, reptiles; the European chameleon Chamaeleo chamaeleo only found in the Algarve and insects; butterflies. But we believe even one person can make a positive difference, so we hope you will be like us and recycle!
Wendy LeBer, Rianna Simmons and Kenisha Walker
Triptych, mixed media on canvas
and triptych, photographic print mounted on wood (Rianna Simmons, Kenisha Walker and Nikitta Buntin)
Earth, this beautiful and colourful planet of ours, is filled with diversity of animal and plant life. The canvases celebrate the natural world around us even as reminders of what we do to it intrude. Seen from space we begin to truly understand that we share this single planet with all else on it. That we share not only dangers but also the possibility of a united world. We hold the Earth and all our futures within our own hands.
Pirasteh Gourang and Sasha das Gupta
Photography and collage
Our countryside, its dewy grass, its peace, its tranquillity its resources… all being threatened by human actions.
The images I exhibit here are my response to global warming and climate change. ‘Perpetuate’ shows a variety of preserved plants over a panoramic view of the English countryside.
Jason and Alex Rose
Earth, twigs, bark, moss etc – all from the forest
All of the faces on our piece are made entirely of earth reflecting how humans are not separate from the Earth;
we are inexorably connected to the planet and it to us. What affects one affects the other.
That’s why its so important that we look after the planet because in doing so we protect ourselves; our children and all of our futures.
It’s also based on a Tibetan prayer tree where people stick multi coloured prayers onto a tree.
Our prayers are all for the planet and are from people of a variety of ages, religions and nationalities.
Katja Rosenberg Artist Printmaker Druckgrafik East London Printmakers Group Shows Coordinator Group Exhibitions Creative Writing London Waltham Forest E17 Art Trail