A modern day Noah's Ark
Ahead of COP21, Gad Weill has showcased a modern day Noah's Ark made entirely from Altuglas.
Gad Weill is the street artist famous for his oversized and somewhat crazy artistic demonstrations – in the 90s, he covered the Champs Elysées in wheat, and transformed the same avenue into a giant train station a few years later. For the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21), he designed and created Noah's Ark XXI, an artistic symbol of climate issues.
The revisited Noah's Ark features 140 animal figures, 140 sculptures in all colours of the rainbow which, after having been shown off at the heart of the capital, will travel to seven of France's largest cities over the course of eight weeks in order to raise awareness among the public, and children in particular, to the consequences of climate change.
"In the biblical story of Noah's Ark, the humans and animals of those distant times faced a flood; Noah's Ark XXI symbolises the animal kingdom's struggle in the face of global warming", explained its creator.
The animals are made from Altuglas, an indefinitely recyclable material. They were deliberately left expressionless and their bodies are covered with striation caused by wind and adversity. The animals are almost all the same size (2.60 m long and 2.15 m tall). They will be returning from their provincial transhumance and settle at Le Bourget, where COP 21 will be held. And they will be staying on after the conference thanks to donations from patrons. Companies having acquired the animals will be gifting them to the Ministry, or the cities in which they are established, so that as many people as possible can enjoy the overflowing creativity of a unique artist.
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