Paris-based artists HeHe – Helen Evans and Heiko Hanson – have created artworks that provocatively set out to engage viewers to consider society’s role in addressing the environmental imbalance and to foster new ways to a cleaner, healthier future.
The three art installations – which are currently on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in the UK as part of Cape Farewell’s annual Lovelock Art Commission – depict a micro-climate (Airbag), a manufactured airspace (Burnout), and a sky of artificially-engineered clouds (Diamonds in the Sky).
HeHe blur the boundaries between the natural and the man-made in their depiction of the effects of climate change.
The artworks are currently on display at Manchester’s Museum of Science and Industry. The exhibition, entitled ‘Cloud Crash’, is on until 3 February 2017.
Speaking about the exhibition, HeHe said: “Clouds occupy a special place for artists, their countless forms offering infinite possibilities for metaphor. For climate scientists, understanding how clouds regulate the Earth’s temperature is an expanding area of research. Through vehicle exhaust fumes, ozone gases and non-stop carbon emissions, human activity has an invisible impact on the atmosphere.
“The air we breathe is mingled with toxic smog, blurring the boundaries between natural and man-made clouds. Earth’s atmosphere is changing in such profound ways that the notion of pure natural clouds, untouched by mankind, belongs to a more innocent age.”
For Cloud Crash, artists HeHe have taken inspiration from pioneering climate scientist James Lovelock and science funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The environmentally-conscious artists have created a name for themselves in challenging society’s impact on the environment, through their art. Following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, HeHe created an installation featuring a miniature oil rig embedded in murky, toxic green water.
In 2003, HeHe devised Nuage Vert, inspired by the artists’ time living near a waste incinerator in Paris. “We enjoyed looking at its emission cloud, until one day it started moving towards us”. They decided to highlight the experience by turning the smoke of a coal-based energy plant green so that residents could trace its trajectory across the sky and see its environmental impact for the first time.
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