People need to see something to believe it. They need to connect with it and feel it with all of their senses. Without that connection the mind can never be opened.
And when it comes to saving the world’s natural environments, if we don’t open our mind’s soon to the treachery that awaits it will be all but too late before people ‘see’ the problem face to face.
Art: A Universal Language
Art has this ability to help people ‘see’ a problem, and wrap their mind around it in their own way.
Art doesn’t spit out facts and tell you you’re wrong. It simply let’s the mind run free and come up with its own interpretations.
Nowhere is there a greater need for the wonderful power of art than in the fight to save our world’s oceans.
We need to find unique and inspiring ways to shed light on what’s at stake for 70 percent of our planet, the ocean. So let your art empower action and encourage a global audience to become part of the solution.
Here are the categories that the challenge will focus on:
Sea Level Rise – Global warming is causing rising sea levels, which will have devastating impacts on coastal areas and wildlife
Plastic Pollution – By 2050, our ocean is expected to have more plastic than fish
Overfishing – 70% of the world’s fish are fully exploited
Coral Bleaching – 75% of the world’s reefs will die by 2050
Dead Zones – There are 400 dead zones in our ocean
Marine Protected Areas – Only 3% of our ocean is currently protected
If you’re an artist, and you’re sick of sitting back while you read each week about the enormity of these problems, fear not because it’s time for you to change the way our world thinks.
How to Take Part
Choose which critical issue you would like your art piece to represent
- All mediums of art are accepted and you will need submit a photo of your artwork for the challenge.
- If you are applying as part of a college or as an independent student, please specify in the comments section
A judging panel, curated by Oceanic Global and Alpha’a, will select two winners from each category to be will be unveiled during Art Basel Miami in 2017. The winning artwork will be produced as prints and be sold through Alpha’a e-commerce partners, with all profits benefiting the Oceanic Global Foundation.