What happens when art meets ecology, what results from this green coexistence, what exactly is eco art and what does it offer us as a movement? These and many more questions this article will try to answer in order for you to learn all about this art form that, although not so new, has been growing rapidly in recent years!
What is eco art?
Ecological or eco art is a genre of art and an artistic practice that seeks to preserve, restore and revitalize the life forms, resources and ecology of the Earth.
To achieve this as an art form, it applies ecosystem principles to both flora and fauna, including wildlife, rural, suburban and urban environments.
Ecological art is also concerned with politics, culture, economics, ethics and aesthetics as they affect ecosystem principles. Practitioners of ecological art can be artists, scientists, philosophers and activists who often collaborate on restoration and public awareness projects.
Approaches around eco art
Eco art encompasses numerous different approaches, including artworks that reveal information and context through the creation of images and objects to stimulate dialogue. It is also associated with restoration projects that recover or restore polluted and disturbed environments – these artists often collaborate with environmentalists, landscape architects and urban planners.
It is additionally related to protest art as it engages, informs and activates behavioural and public policy change. Furthermore, through the sculptures it passes social messages and encourages people to take a participatory role in sustainable practices and lifestyles.
Not a few times the artists use natural phenomenons such as water, weather, sunlight, plants, etc. Finally, all eco art works share information about environmental injustice and ecological problems such as water and soil pollution and health risks through education.
What it means to be an eco artist
“Eco artists” care about the environment. They therefore often create artwork that environmentally improves an area and/or that highlights a specific environmental issue. It should be noted that eco-art deals with aesthetics, ethics, politics, culture and economics. Also eco art shows the impact that these have on the world’s ecosystems. With climate change currently increasing at an alarming rate, the field of eco art is rapidly expanding. It is worth emphasizing that the goal is to improve the relationship between people and the natural world. Much of the art is collaborative, involving artists, scientists, community groups and educators.
If art imitates life and nature, then the best thing it can do is to do its part to save it!