One tonne of CO2 occupies a cube the size of a three-story building: 8.2m x 8.2m x 8.2m. This is the carbon footprint – the amount of CO2 the average person emits – in an industrialized country each month.
To visualize how many “Earths” will be needed then in relationship to our individual or household emission, a carbon footprint calculator might helpful, while keeping in mind that environmental issues are to be tackled at community and global level.
CO2 CUBES is a digital media art installation and communications platform designed to make visible the monumental scale of carbon dioxide (CO2) being released into the atmosphere by human activity. It was unveiled Saint Jørgen’s Lake in front of Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Copenhagen as the UN Climate Change Conference 2009 kicked off in Copenhagen.
The project was commissioned by the United Nations Department of Public Information. This is clearly not a DIY, low cost art project, still the artistic concept by Alfio Bonanno, a pioneer of environmental art and Land Art in Europe is an interesting combination of art, multimedia and technology to engage diverse audiences in generating action on socially relevant themes. Moreover, carbon footprint is an issue.
Architecture by Christophe Cornubert, PUSH
Produced by Millennium ART
Digital imagery by Obscura Digital