Andreco, Climate 01

Production: Pigment Workroom, GFR

Sponsorship: Label Paris-Europe, Mairie du 18e arrondissement de Paris

Artist: Andreco


CLIMATE is an itinerant and international public art project about climate changes, their causes and their impacts. As the starting point of this journey, Paris has been the scene of a two-acts creation. One stage of the project is the creation of a wall painting that represent the water and CO2 cycles. This mural is featured on the façade of the École primaire Richomme, in the 18th district, in the very heart of the historical and multiethnic neighborhood known as “La Goutte d’Or” (The Golden Drop). It’s not a case that a project that took inspiration from the effect of the climate change on the environment start in Paris at less than one month from the beginning of the Cop 21 forum.
Climate scientists have documented that global warming is happening and that fossil fuel emissions are the primary cause. A wealth of scientific evidence shows that the above impacts are primarily the result of increased levels of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the atmosphere—carbon that can be traced back to the fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) that fossil fuel companies have extracted and brought to market.
Andreco’s mural means to represent his own symbolic and schematic interpretation of global warming’s main consequences, such as the rising of the sea level, longer wildfire seasons, heavier precipitations and flooding, the intensification of heat waves. The artist gave also a class to the pupils, in which he explained his work and talked about the climate changes that are currently affecting communities, people and businesses.


The second part of Andreco‘s work in Paris is an installation of a 5meters-tall wooden sculpture in the Jardin partagé Beaudelire, a community garden located in an empty lot of Rue Baudelique in the 18th district.
The result of a collective workshop, Andreco’s sculpture has been built around and on top of a tray used to grow herbs and small vegetables, a sort of symbolic “protective armor”. The sculpture is designed in order to interact with the plants of the garden, especially with some climbing kiwis that have been planted together with the residents. As a landmark for the territory, the sculpture becomes a sign for the identity of the garden and the local claims for the environment. This artwork integrates a series of sculptural projects that the artist did for a wider research about the relations between humans and nature. The revegetation of empty lots is very common in Paris, and particularly in the 18th district. Communities of neighbors get together in order to promote urban horticulture, to prevent overbuilding and to take care of spaces otherwise left abandoned. The artist minds the importance of green spaces in cities for a healthy environment, water and heat management and the good “land use” planning. His artistic practice in the urban context takes also inspiration from the “UGT” Urban Green Technologies, his research topics for many years, and the aesthetic of interstitial landscapes according with Gilles Clement’s “Third Landscape Manifesto”(Manifeste du tiers paysage).

The project has been produced by GFR with the patronage of 18e Mairie de Paris and the Mairie De Paris.

All photos by Mario Nardulli.

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