MARCH 2018 • INTERNATIONAL PANEL OF CLIMATE CHANGE MURAL

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The International Panel of Climate Change scientists converged in Christchurch in March, 2018. They worked and walked between The Piano and Crowne Plaza on Armagh Street, just next to The Vital Green. Along this stretched a 27m grey plywood temporary wall. Christchurch City Council and Otakaro wanted this to be painted - and fast. We brainstormed a few options and pulled in an artist to collaborate on the design. Unfortunately, she had too much on her plate so Liv came up with a design on the morning the mural began. It needed to host 10 poems from A Climate of Change, poetry anthology, edited by Dr. Sam Illingworth.

We put forth a call on instagram and 19 amazing volunteers contributed 111 hours to getting this stylised landscape up in 8 days. Richard ‘Pops’ Baker painted the centre piece - a portrait of our amazing planet with New Zealand in an often not seen position - on top of the map. We choose this position as a symbol of our hope - that our little country with so much potential may lead the way in healing the catastrophe that is climate change.

 

PROCESS AND PROGRESS

We implemented a simple design. A stylised landscape comprised of diamonds in various shades of green and blue. This made for an easy ‘paint by numbers’ approach - people could tap in and tap out of the painting. The skyline in the bookmark ends converged in the centre panel as a colourful ripple of jagged lines that levelled out as it reached the centre point - a portrait of Earth.

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The sunny days of painting were enlivened by the 19 volunteers who contributed time to this project. Some came for a day, others just a few hours in between study breaks. Strangers met, painted alongside each other, made chat and negotiated which colours should go where. The value and pride these volunteers left with was priceless. Being able to offer time and skill to the beautifying and improving of our physical world is a wonderfully humbling experience.

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Planet Earth portrait by Richard ‘Pops’ Baker