17 painters, illustrators, photographers and digital artists have joined a campaign to help protect Australian rainforest and reef.
The Wet Tropics and Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Areas in far north Queensland are of international significance. Yet both areas are under threat. Local environmental charity Rainforest Rescue, in partnership with Great Barrier Reef Legacy, has launched #rainforest2reef campaign. A combined enviro-arts project which been inspired, not only by the amazing and rich biodiversity and natural beauty but also the connectivity and fragility of these two internationally important areas. #rainforest2reef highlights the synergies between bordering ecosystems and how they are affected by environmental factors such as climate change, land clearing and mining.
To celebrate #rainforest2reef, 21 artworks have been chosen, curated in sets of three: a rainforest, reef and an image which connects the two areas. Each image tells a tale about an area or an animal or event such as a flood. The stories are revealed at rainforest2reef.org.au
Carol Atkins is a Byron Bay artist who is drawn to the panorama of the ocean, beaches and tropical areas and the beautiful palette they offer. She says about the project, “Trees and clean ocean for the next generation, awareness of how we can all help and support this wonderful and very important campaign.”
Local artist Zion Levy Stewart tells why he’s involved with the campaign, “I live in paradise and want all the animals, birds, and trees to be safe. I also love to swim in the ocean and paint the fish and the blue sea.”
“We’re honoured to be working with such a diverse range of artists who can help tell the story of these special places and why they need protecting,” says Rainforest Rescue CEO Julian Gray
All the #rainforest2reef artists have generously donated their work to help protect these special places. The 21 artworks have been printed on non-plastic, recyclable and compostable cups to help promote the campaign. The BioPak art series cups are now available from coffee shops across Australia and New Zealand.
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