1836. We the Curious

Most people in Bristol will know that the brilliant museum in Millennium Square, formerly known as @Bristol, changed its name to ‘We the Curious’ about a year ago, in a deliberate move to engage with people and inquisitive young minds. The museum and surrounding environment have always lent themselves to creative arts and the area is a showcase for science meets arts. Recently ‘We the Curious’ teamed up with the Cabot Institute to commission this beautiful work by Bristol illustrator and artist Anna Higgie.

Anna Higgie, We the Curious, Bristol, October 2018
Anna Higgie, We the Curious, Bristol, October 2018

This is a climate change mural (which immediately ticks my boxes) that on the face of it is a stylish portrait, but look a little closer and the picture comes alive with little stories about a changing climate and some of the causes. It is an unusual piece and one we should be proud of, if together with strong climate narratives it begins to engage people with the urgent need to do things differently in order to slow down CO2 emissions. I only know of one other work by the artist in Bristol and will have to post it soon.

One of the joys of the street art scene in Bristol is that it encompasses a spectrum of art from the safest commissions through to illegal graffiti writing and everything in between. Long live artistic expression and public access to art.

Biodiversity loss

 

With great urgency

actions, not words, are needed

before it’s too late.

 

by Scooj

 

written on returning from a two day conference on environmental communications. We really do have so very little time remaining to prevent both a biodiversity and climate catastrophe. Time to write to your MPs or political representatives and ask them what they are doing about these two growing issues which will have impacts far greater than any banking crisis we have ever seen.

1.5 degrees

 

Major announcement

on climate change consensus;

sense of urgency.

 

by Scooj

On publication of the IPCC special report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty

Dynamic age

Age of droughts and floods

age of rising sea levels

age of migration.

by Scooj

  • I added two seven syllable lines to convert this into a Tanka, but I felt it just a little too sanctimonious. They were:

unless we do something now

this will be our legacy

619. Leonard Lane (9)

I have been hanging on to these pictures for a long time now. They are a set of works that were drawn and pasted up by Jonesy for the Human Nature project in Leonard Lane in July 2015. These are harrowing drawings that highlight some of the perils threatening our environment and wildlife. There is a tortured feeling to these pictures.

Jonesy, Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015
Jonesy, Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015

Jonesy is probably better known for his sculptures, and I thoroughly recommend taking a look at some of his work on this Inspiring City website.

Jonesy, Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015
Jonesy, Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015

Each of these images is nightmarish and foreboding. Knowing what we know now about Trump and his intentions these warnings have even more potency about them.

Jonesy, Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015
Jonesy, Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015

Leonard Lane has become a bit tatty since the Human Nature project and it could really do with a Human Nature II project – nature fights back. Keeping my fingers crossed.

Jonesy, Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015
Jonesy, Leonard Lane, Bristol, August 2015