In November 2010, 350.org organized an art exhibit visible from space. Working with artists in 16 different communities and thousands of volunteers, 350.org coordinated massive human sculptures that were photographed from satellite. “Art can convey in a different way than science the threat that climate change poses to our planet,” said 350.org founder and environmental author Bill McKibben. “The world’s best scientists have tried to wake-up politicians to the climate crisis, now we’re counting on artists to help.”
Each art installation was designed to be large enough to be visible from space and the majority of the projects were photographed by satellites operated by a Colorado based company, Digital Globe. The satellites traveled at 17,000 miles per hour nearly 400 miles above the Earth, giving organizers a window of a few minutes to make sure their art installation was a success.