Artists Faile, ASKEW, and Vexta Paint Brooklyn For Climate Change Awareness
It's real, people. It's real.
Photos: The Greenest Point
True story: humans are making the planet warmer* and despite the misinformation efforts of skeptics and flat-out deniers, the current racist demagogue and Republican presidential nominee among them, the scientific evidence that supports the case for climate change continues to mount. The alarms continue to sound. And, though at a glacial pace, public policy, too, continues to evolve.
Last week during Climate Week 2016, Greenpoint Innovations, a local group that works with government, public and not-for-profit organizations regarding sustainability and strategy, kicked-off The Greenest Point. The community-focused sustainability awareness raising street art project tapped the talents of Faile, ASKEW One and Vexta to paint new murals in Greenpoint and North Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Marrying education with the arts, technology and public voices The Greenest Point aims to make the climate change discussion accessible – and a local reality. Some studies suggest that in the progressing century, New York City could be of the first cities felled by rising sea levels.
“As climate change is increasingly reaching into the back pockets of our daily lives, we now more than ever need innovative and immersive ways to increase its visibility, comprehensibility and relatability”, said Stephen Donofrio, principal and founder of Greenpoint Innovations and The Greenest Point. “That is why we have merged worlds together – street art, new age technologies, media and sustainability…These murals will be a constant reminder that Brooklyn cares about its future.”
FAILE’s new wall in Transmitter Park in Greenpoint is but blocks from where the duo’s studio has been the last 12 years. Depicting a young girl lolling in the grass and setting the petals of love me nots adrift, the mural also includes a frog nestled near her feet – of the first species to be effected by localized climate change.
“The idea was the timeless theme of ‘love me… love me not,'” said the duo via statement. “…aiming to depict a moment that asks the question of what kind of relationship we have with nature. Are we here to love it and take care of it or not?”
At the corner of Berry and North 13th, Vexta and ASKEW linked up for a massive collaborative wall, a swirl of melting neon icebergs and portraits. When we reached out to ASKEW, the MSK member revealed that his participation in The Greenest Point hinges on a desire to create work that reflects the communities he’s painting in. “I’m trying to bring these narratives, especially the positive work people are doing around environmental issues, sustainability, health and community-building to the forefront”, he wrote in an email.
The project also lit up the night sky in the final days of Climate Week 2016. Using solar panels, they had The Brooklyn Expo’s iconic water tower – and all in its shadow – glowing in green.
“By bringing attention to the environmental issues that have plagued the world around us, we can guarantee that this does not happen again.” said the New York State Assemblyman Joe Lentol. “I applaud The Greenest Point for utilizing art to bringing attention to one of our planet’s most pressing issues.”
*Please see: any recent epic drought, any of the five “one-in-1,000-year” flood events in the US this year or ask NASA why August tied July as the hottest month on record.
To learn more about Climate Change, please visit NASA’s dedicated site.