State of the Arts: Public art with a purpose outside of the U.S. Embassy
State of the Arts is our regular arts column in which we examine the latest moves in Beijing’s creative scene and highlight arts news as well as exhibitions, artists and openings you should look out for.
If you’ve been to the embassy district near Liangmaqiao recently, you may have noticed that things near the US Embassy have gotten a bit more artsy. A new public art installation has appeared on the southeast wall of the embassy complex. But it’s not just about cool new art – it’s an exhibit with a global reach.
These visual displays were set up as a wake-up call to a growing crisis, the climate crisis. This is the second time that such an exhibition has been presented at the embassy, and it is still as popular as ever.
Entitled “Art for the People: The Earth”, this public art exhibition features street art by 19 internationally renowned muralists, hoping to inspire viewers to spur change and educate more people about the threat of climate change. Art has always had a way of speaking to people visually, and the U.S. Embassy’s hope is to continue a conversation in 2020 with the U.S.-China Glasgow Joint Statement on Improving Action climatic.
This conversation began with a statement in the statement: “The [United States and China] are determined to seize this critical moment to engage in expanded individual and combined efforts to accelerate the transition to a net-zero global economy.
The curator of the exhibition, Sani Hoop, declares:[extinction], dirty oceans, climate change, care for our Earth and pollinators” are all addressed in the art here “in hopes of working towards a common goal of a healthier Earth for our communities large and small. , near and far. She goes on to add, “I hope people look up and see the visual voices on our walls, appreciate the beauty and heed the message. They are messages of love, hope and unity for our Earth, her creatures and each other.
If you haven’t had the chance to visit the exhibition yet, there is still time, as it will last for about five more months. If you can’t see it in person, you can watch the video on the embassy’s website here, or follow their official accounts on WeChat, Weibo or Twitter.
The site found via this link also features each of the 19 artists in more detail, for those who are really looking to get a glimpse into the minds of the creators and the visions they created; and maybe even helping to understand some of the meaning of their work – a real deep dive into an exhibition if there ever was one.
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Images courtesy of the U.S. Embassy in China, Beijing