A collection of artworks reportedly large enough to be seen from space have been created in many countries around the world. Artists worked with 350.org to create the giant artworks, calling for climate change action before the upcoming United Nation climate talks in Cancun, Mexico. The name of the organisation refers to the safe level of 350 parts per million of greenhouse emissions scientists say we need to return to.
"Climate Elephant" by Daniel Dancer, in New Delhi, India. 3,000 students and teachers at the Ryan International School in New Delhi along with volunteers from the Indian Youth Climate Network joined aerial artist Daniel Dancer to form an enormous elephant with rising seas below to ask world leaders to not ignore the "elephant in the room" - climate change...
...Some of the 3,000 students who made up the human formation of an elephant walking on water. The work highlighted the threat of global warming to animals endangered in the wild, such as the Asian elephant.
"King Canute" by Thom Yorke in Brighton and Hove. As part of the 350 EARTH planetary art show, more than 2,000 people gathered in Brighton to form an image of King Canute, who futilely attempted to control the oceans according to legend. The image was designed by Radiohead's Thom Yorke...
...Volunteers gather to form an image of King Canute attempting to hold back the tide, as part of a "mass human art project", designed by Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke
"Solar Eagle" created by Spectral Q in Los Angeles, USA. The Solar Eagle is accompanied by the words, 'Well Being' in Inuktitut, an Inuit language...
...The DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 satellite took this image of the Solar Eagle from nearly 480 miles up in space. Some 1,000 people formed the image of an eagle taking flight
In Cape Town, South Africa, The Canary Project and local citizens created an enormous Solar Sun out of 70 high powered parabolic solar cookers with the 'rays' being tables where the local community feasted on traditional food made in the solar cookers. After the event, the solar cookers were donated to the Khayelitsha community of Cape Town where many people do not have access to electricity. Each high powered parabolic cooker lasts for 10 years and requires no fossil fuels, saving money for families while also protecting their health and the environment.
People stand next to a giant art installation representing a polar bear painted with red food dye at the base of the Langjokull glacier in Iceland. The image, created by artist Bjargey Olafsdottir as part of the 350 earth project, is inspired by the Nazca lines of Peru and children's drawings and seeks to highlight diminishing glaciers and the uncertain future polar bears face...
A volunteer sprays red food dye at the base of the Langjokull glacier in Iceland, to create a giant a polar bear as part of the 350 earth project
"Human Hurricane" by Pablo Caballero, created in Mexico City. More than 3,500 schoolchildren and members of the community came together in Mexico City's Venustiano Carranza plaza to form a "human hurricane", to represent Mexico's vulnerability to climate change impacts like the devastating hurricanes that hit the states of Nuevo Leon and Veracruz earlier this year
An art piece depicting a Scarab beetle holding a 'sun' composed of 200 environment activists was created at Wadi El Natroum, some 100 km north of Cairo, Egypt, as part of the 350 campaign to help raise awareness about the climate crisis. In ancient Egyptian culture the Scarab beetle was associated with rebirth and regeneration and was often depicted pushing the ball of the sun across the sky causing the succession of night and day.
"Gal·la" by Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada, in Delta del Ebro, Spain. Citizens from the Delta del Ebro region joined renowned urban-artist Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada to form a giant representation of the face of a young girl who wishes to see the Delta survive the threat of climate change.
The world's largest painting by numbers was created by 350 volunteers at the Ecole de Dessin in Lagos State, Nigeria. It represents the map of Nigeria, the logo of 350.org, and the flag of Nigeria (green, white, green)
DigitalGlobe's WorldView-1 satellite took this image over Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic from nearly 480 miles up in space. The image shows young people joining with community members to form the image of a house being submerged by the rising seas that threaten all island nations.
"350 Cool Roof" by Molly Dilworth, New York City, USA. Artist Molly Dilworth created a ?Cool Roof? for a school by painting a representation of the New York and New Jersey coastline after a seven-metre rise in sea levels.
A Greenpeace activist checks a hot air ballon before it is flown over the Kukulkan Castle on the Chichen Itza archeological zone, in Yucatan, Mexico
A Greenpeace hot air balloon flies over the Kukulkan Castle on the archeological site Chichen Itza, in Yucatan, Mexico