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At a COP26 news conference, the 30 finalists and winners of the DigitalArt4Climate competition were unveiled.
On November 11, a panel of thought leaders and blockchain visionaries from around the world gathered in Glasgow, Scotland for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) summit to reveal the finalists and winners of the DigitalArt4Climate competition.
DigitalArt4Climate is a multi-faceted crypto climate effort organised by IAAI GloCha in conjunction with the UN-Habitat youth programme that allows the global community of artists to create nonfungible token (NFT) works that are intrinsically focused on pushing for climate action.
The panellists shared an array of projects and ideas for the use of clean, carbon-efficient technologies to support imminent environmental challenges, moderated by Romi Sumaria, CEO of The Oblique Life, and attended by Irina Karagyuar, Head of Metaverse Growth at Unique Network, Miroslav Polzer, Founder of DigitalArt4Climate, and Kristina Cornèr, Cointelegraph editor-in-chief, among others.
Founder of GloCha, DigitalArt4Climate and esteemed COP26 host, Miroslav Polzer, announced that the competition had received 208 entries from across 58 countries, and noted that the artists utilized an array of traditional and technological instruments and mediums ranging from digitized acrylic and mural paintings, through to artificial intelligence and generative art.
In addition to showcasing the work of the 30 finalists throughout the COP26 summit on digital billboards and via the project’s website, DigitalArt4Climate have also partnered with environmentally-conscious metaverse space, Artgence to create a three-dimensional and emotionally immersive virtual gallery.
The distinguished collection is expected to be individually auctioned off on June 5th 2022, recognized globally as World Environment Day, in support of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.
Broadcasting a philosophical vision on how artistic recognition can allow us to acknowledge universal challenges, Miroslav Polzer stated:
“We believe that through the process of appreciating art we witness the struggles and the brilliance of humanity, and through the process of creating art we surrender to the brilliance within ourselves.”
The four competition winners were decided by the results of an online public vote, while the competition’s special winner slot was selected by members of the consortium.
First prize was awarded to Filipino digital ecological artist, Bricx Martillo Dumas, for his piece titled Nexus, a sorrowing depiction of human hand holding a plastic bag containing a blue-coloured drink and straw, in addition to a cigarette whose smoke floats into the atmosphere as tiny leaves.
Martillo spoke passionately (2:55 timestamp) about the importance of collective ownership in pursuing climate action, citing his life-changing experience of Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013 in his home-town in the Philippines as the fundamental reason for his environmental impetus behind climate action.
Second place in the competition went to Amir Karimi of Iran for Every Second Lake, Ekaterina Lestienne of France for The Wildfire, and Chloé Hajjar of the United States for Allegory of Survival.
Finally, Mathare Roots and the Graffiti Girls from Mlango Kubwa received the competition’s special award, the consortium’s exclusive choice, for their mural artwork, Team Spirit in Kenya.
Lestienne, the second-placed artist, gave the audience unique insights into the visual idea of her piece.
“My layered, detailed, textured digital collage refers to the multidimensional soul of the world and can be interpreted as our precious and beautiful planet being ripped to peace by extreme climate events.”
Later in the conference, the Head of Metaverse Growth at Unique Network, Irina Karagyuar, spoke proficiently about the importance of galvanizing humanity as a collective force to cultivate a sustainable and technologically dynamic ecosystem for the next generation:
“We have inherited incredible legacies from our common ancestors. Let’s become the ancestors that next generations will be proud of. Let’s be passionate, vulnerable and rebel for life. Let’s look deeply at entirely new ways and tools to build a better world. Let our lives document humanity’s impact on the planet.”
According to report, the United Nations chose Unique Network, a parachain project in the Kusama and Polkadot ecosystem, to facilitate an NFT climate effort in August 2021.
Users may now grab an environmentally friendly free NFT asset titled Global Angel by visiting the DigitalArt4Climate website. The artwork, which was made possible by Unique Network and is based on Polkadot Relay Chain, represents a message of unity between the physical and digital worlds.