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Eco artists make point about the environment -- beautifully

Updated 1725 GMT (0125 HKT) March 15, 2012
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In the "Waving Wall," designers and water crisis campaigners Bloo Nation highlight the considerable water footprint linked to the production of day-to-day goods like coffee, jeans and paper. Courtesy BLOO NATION
Artist and photographer Mandy Barker has created a series of images, dubbed "SOUP," that highlight the mass accumulation of discarded plastic and debris in an area of The North Pacific Ocean known as The Garbage Patch. courtesy mandy barker
"The Ice Typography series consists of three-dimensional words fabricated in ice that speak to our relationship with the environment," says Canadian artits Nicole Dextras. "These frozen words absorb light, melt and eventually leave no trace ... They are signs with nothing to sell, hoping to gain your attention for only a brief moment of reflection on the natural world around us." courtesy Nichole Dextras
These ethereal "Frozen Trees," installed at a plaza in downtown Lisbon, Portugal, are made from thousands of IKEA plastic bag dispensers. Designers "LIKE Architects" turned the prosaic objects into 30 LED-illuminated street lights. courtesy Dinis Sottomayor
British artist and designer Steve Wheen creates tranquil miniature outdoor scenes in potholes in London roads. "The Pothole Gardener is a project that challenges people's perception of the urban environment around them," he explains. "The point was never to highlight the issues around climate change, rather to bring greenery and beauty into an urban setting. However, if the project brings up these issues, that's great too. I know it's a cliche, but small changes can make a big difference." courtesy Steve Wheen
Bruce Munro's striking light gardens are glowing landscapes of low-energy LED lights and fiber optics that sparkle in the night. "Creatiing these pieces allows me to (hopefully) communicate some of my thoughts and feelings about the importance of cherishing the environment," he says. courtesy Bruno Munro
Pinsky's artwork imagines a future when the effects of runaway climate change have transformed London. A string of low-energy blue LED lights wrapped around monuments marks a time, 1,000 years in the future, when sea level rises have changed the city beyond recognition. Courtesy Michael Pinsky
"This hand-made stool is a way to freeze in time and extract from our garbage what we don't use any more, giving it life again in our home," says Argentinian designer Rodrigo Alonso, who created this piece of furniture from discarded electrical goods. courtesy Rodrigo Alonso
Belgian graphic designer Strook used a moss-covered wall in his home city of Leuven as a canvas -- employing a power-washer to create what he calls "reverse graffiti." He created this bird mural by cleaning moss off, rather than spraying paint on. "A filthy wall became something attractive," he says. I hope some people will look at the wall in a different way and discover the beauty of nature." courtesy 'Strook'
Spanish art collective Luzinterruptus recently created a temporary installation of recycled glass containers streaming from dismantled public fountains in the streets of Madrid. They say the luminous works of art is are interventions -- designed not only to look beautiful, but to bring attention to the lack of water facilities in public spaces in Spain's capital. courtesy 'Luzinterruptus'
Ethiopian artist Kebreab Demeke says the jerry can -- known locally as a "jerekina" -- has become a ubiquitous part of his nation's landscape. In this work he shows the making of a man-made tree from a collection of jerekina, now a source of inspiration for his much of his work. courtesy Sophie Neak
Recycled computer motherboards and electrical parts have been transformed into an entire continent in Susan Stockwell's remarkble map of America, while discarded monitors flood from the ceiling as part of this installation for the American Art League in Houston. courtesy Susan Stockwell
Sculptor Stacy Levy has created a dynamic installation in the city of Philadelphia that responds to temperature rises and changes in air quality in the local environment. The glass globes contain different types of vegetable oils that cloud and clear depending on the atmosphere outside. courtesy stacy levy
French sculptor TieRi compresses waste products into familiar urban forms in a series called "Incompressions." The handmade sculptures "breath life into useless objects," he says "reminding us that everyday things can be more than their original function." Courtesy tieri
"Fundamentally my installation is a sculptural catalyst for our perception of the environment while intrinsically revealing the sublime energy of wind," says American artist and photographer Patrick Marold. "The extraordinary role of art in these debates is that it affects the individual, inspiring and reinforcing their own personal relationship with the environment." courtesy Patrick Marold