26 November 2010

Giant windmill and 350 in the Outback completed as part of 350.org climate change art show visible from space

BROKEN HILL/SYDNEY, 26 November 2010 – Australian artist Keith Chidzey and photographer Peter Solness have just completed their artistic contribution to the 350 EARTH global art show just outside of Broken Hill, NSW.  The show, the first of its kind worldwide, features 16 symbolic performances large enough to be seen from space to highlight the hazards of climate change.

The work, a giant windmill and the number 350, highlight Australia’s untapped renewable energy resources that could help the world get back to the safe level of 350 parts per million of greenhouse gases. The artist and a team of volunteers graded, dug, mattocked and raked out the shapes that are 200m long and 70m wide in the red earth of Fowler’s Gap, an hour and a half outside Broken Hill.

 350 EARTH events have already taken place in the Dominican Republic, downtown Los Angeles,

Mexico City, Austin, TX, New Delhi, Beijing, Cairo, Cape Town, Cancun, Reykjavik, Brighton, UK and other locations just ahead of the UN climate talks in Cancun, Mexico.

The show has been been organised by international climate campaign 350.org, whose name points to goal of reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from its current level of 390 parts per million to below 350 ppm, what leading scientists agree is an acceptable upper limit.

“For me, one of the major goals of this project is to raise the general public’s awareness and understanding of the necessity to make positive personal steps to reverse some of the impacts of climate change,” said Australian artist Keith Chidzey. “Enter350.org and the chance to make a work so large everyone in the world should be able to see it via satellite.”

The Australian work will be shot by acclaimed still photographer, and recent winner of the NSW Parliamentary Plein Air Photographic Prize, Peter Solness. The display is being supported by Broken Hill City Council, the Silverton Windfarm and individual patrons on land set aside for creative works by the Land International Research Initiative (ILIRI) at the UNSW research centre at Fowler’s Gap.


Matthew Taylor, 350.org Australia in Broken Hill: 0411 244 544, matthew.taylor@350.org,

Emily Mulligan, 350.org Australia in Sydney: 0422 317 324, Emily@350.org.

Jamie Henn, 350.org HQ in the US (San Francisco): +1415-601-9337, jamie@350.org.

Information at http://art.350.org/ and http://world.350.org/australia/

Satellite and aerial photos of other events available for media at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/sets/72157625421212964/

About 350.org

350.org is an international campaign that's building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis. It was founded by U.S. author Bill McKibben. Over the last two years the campaign has organized more than 15,000 events in 188 countries. The 350.org global EARTH project is part of our ongoing effort to work for real and urgent solutions to climate change.
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