The eco artists turning trash into treasure

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Artists are increasingly reflecting the issues surrounding climate change in their work

A group of artists from around the world say why and how art can impact climate debate

Medium's universal language and sheer power of images key to creating change, they say

CNN  — 

“The Waving Wall” is a street art installation that highlights the issue of embedded water – the hidden quantities of water used to produce the products we buy.

Created by designers and self-styled water crisis campaigners “Bloo Nation,” the vast undulating wave is made up of 1,200 19-liter water bottles. This, they say, is the amount of water needed to produce just two pairs of jeans.

The installation is one of many in recent years that examine the modern problems affecting our environment. But what good can they do? Does art have a meaningful role to play in the discussions surrounding climate change?

Six artists from around the world tell us why they think art can make a difference.

Mandy Barker's thoughtful still-life photos, dubbed "SOUP" depict  waste debris suspended in water, inspired by the Pacific ocean "Garbage Patch"

Mandy Barker

“Art is a form of communication that has the ability to promote the challenges concerning climate change. Providing an aesthetic message can often convey awareness or understanding against sometimes over-complicated statistics or articles. Visual art also transcends the barrier of language, making both the work and message able to be viewed by a global audience.

If art has the power to encourage the public to act, to move them emotionally, or at the very least take notice, then this surely must mean art is a vital element in creating impact regarding climate change.”

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“Art is getting closer to the p