In a world where there is sustainable agriculture, sustainable architecture and even sustainable businesses, it isn’t a surprise to see the Eco movement sneaking into the art world.
Ecological Art or “Eco Art” is a contemporary form of sustainable art created by artists who are concerned about local and global environmental issues. It is less than a style and more a message. Eco Art, as it’s more commonly called, points out potential solutions and raises awareness to environmental issues.
Since the Ford Foundation’s institutional stabilization programs in the 60s, art funders have explored and implemented initiatives to promote the sustainability of the arts. The field is growing rapidly with hundreds of artists working around the world.
Ecological stewardship is a crucial component of community responsibility and offers an important opportunity for collaboration. Arts organizations are an integral part of any thriving community and has followed along with social endeavors such as:
- Informs and interprets nature and its processes, or educates about environmental problems
- Is concerned with environmental forces and materials, creating artworks affected or powered by wind, water, lightning, even earthquakes
- Re-envisions our relationship to nature, proposing new ways for us to co-exist with our environment
- Reclaims and remediates damaged environments, restoring ecosystems in artistic and often aesthetic ways
In a general sense, it is art that helps improve our relationship with the natural world and opens our eyes to a different aspect of the sustainable movement.