On June 5, World Environment Day, Google Arts & Culture Residency Program, together with UNFCCC, launched a series of online artworks inspired by climate data.
Collaborating with artists from around the world, this series of online artworks is an artistic response to the topics highlighted in the UN’s IPCC reports, including receding glaciers, food’s CO2 emissions and the acidification of our oceans.
Heartbeat of the Earth
Art has always been a medium to convey complex subjects and address the challenges we face. For many of us, the term “climate data” conjures up images of complicated graphs and charts, but artists are explaining it through a new lens. On World Environment Day, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Google Arts & Culture Lab residency program announced Heartbeat of the Earth, a series of experimental artworks inspired by climate data.
Five artists – Fabian Oefner, Cristina Tarquini, Laurie Frick, Pekka Niittyvirta, Timo Aho – used key findings from a landmark UN IPCC report and data from scientific institutions, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization, to create four interactive art pieces about our climate. They’ve addressed the topics of declining ocean life, food consumption, melting glaciers and rising sea levels.
We hope Heartbeat of the Earth will help everyone learn more about the complex issues we’ll encounter due to a changing climate and enable communication to explore possible pathways and solutions.
Laurie Frick (US)
As part of Heartbeat of the Earth, a series of online interactive artworks interpreting climate data, data artist Laurie Frick’s work examines the impact of individual foods on the environment using hand-drawn data visualisations, color coded and sized by CO2 output.
Timo Aho (FI) & Pekka Niittyvirta (FI)
As part of Heartbeat of the Earth a series of online interactive artworks interpreting climate data, using Google Maps and Street View, artists Pekka Niittyvirta and Timo Aho visualize the predicted sea level rise – and the number of people likely to be displaced – in more than 200 different locations between the years 2000 and 2300.
Fabian Oefner (CH)
As part of Heartbeat of the Earth, a series of online interactive artworks interpreting climate data, artist Fabian Oefner explores the retreat of the Rhone and Trift glaciers in Switzerland over the last 140 years by using precise digital coordinates and special drone captures.
Cristina Tarquini (IT/FR)
As part of Heartbeat of the Earth, a series of online interactive artworks interpreting climate data, digital artist Cristina Tarquini invites us to dive into our acidifying oceans using data from NOAA. Cristina Tarquini (IT) created an interactive data visualisation, inviting you to dive into the ocean and explore the impact of rising temperatures & in turn rising CO2 levels on marine life, over time.
Project Credits / Acknowledgements
Google Arts & Culture
Diving into an Acidifying Ocean
Frederic Gazeau, Laboratoire d’Océanographie de Villefranche
What We Eat
Diego Rose, Tulane University
Martin Heller, Michigan University
Pekka Niittyvirta, Timo Aho
Jouni A. Räisänen, IPCC
Mikael Hilden, Finnish Environment Institute
Andreas Bauder, Glaciology Institute, ETH Zurich