Green Art Project in Venice, Italy
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About environmental issues around Venice and the rising sea-level
I would like to draw your attention to my work inspired by environmental issues in Venice. With this Green artproject I managed in 2020 to catch the attention of the Culture Sector of UNESCO based at the World Heritage Centre in Paris. Yaël Thomas stated: 'We acknowledge the quality of your project, which gives special emphasis to environmental issues through art'. And saying that my art project is very interesting !! And La Direction Artistique Fondation Cartier shared this opinion in 2021
During my several visits to cities in Italy and recently to Venice, the floating sea-weeds, the colors of the Lagoon and the many Islands around the city captured my attention and were the inspiration for the series The waters of Venice. Its not the ancient city but the influences of nature and the atmosphere of the waters around this city that I gave form. I visited Venice several times and at my first visit to Venice in 2018, taking a boat trip, I noticed near to the central station lines on the wall with marks how high the waters could rise and what's going to happen without interference. The lines were kept in my subconsious and stayed in my mind and I took some photos of sea-weeds near by the central station.
These study-trips to Venice weren't visits coming out of the blue. At seventeen I went for the first time on a study-trip to Italy admire the many Renaissance artists like Michelangelo and Botticelli.They were later of great influences to my artistic career.
Its well-known that the Netherlands is a country far below sea-level. Over the ages it has featured a highly controlled water-management to protect our landscapes and historical cities. Even in Amsterdam, touristid like Venice, the water circulation is controlled and the waters in the famous canals are of a rather good quality and full of fishing birds. When I was in Venice despite the blue-green colors, the murky and cloudy waters were opaque, I was wondering if there was still any fish swimming around. The Italian government has 20 years ago commissioned the building of a dam in the lagoon but for many years the constructions have been capped. After years of disuse in Autumn 2019 when the flood came along, by surprise it worked but then it failed again in 2020. But what will it be like towards the end of this century, a rising sea level with one or worse perhaps two meters..? In the Lagoon and the canals of Venice, there are many boats with odor and noise pollution while you try to enjoy your consumption and the view on the quay. Corona restrictions and the lockdowns made some changes in awareness and thinking.
But still it seems that all the beauty of this historical city disappears because of nuisance and neglect. Venice with its important ancient and contemporary artists, architecture and history needs renovations if its to remain visible to later generations.
Support is needed having the opportunity with this Green Art Project to invite interested audience, having collaboration with water-managements, sharing ideas, for most seeking solutions about climate changes, enjoying the art show and develop new Green Art Projects
I connected with the director of Venice Art Factory and they make a beautiful venue available for having a GREEN ART-show Event.
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