October 2, 2012 - Art Works for Change - Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention
October 2, 2012

Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention

Lori Nix, Natural History from “The City” series, 2005. Chromogenic print, 21 x 62 inches. Courtesy of ClampArt, New York.

Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention
Innovative traveling art exhibition explores the connection
between conserving nature and the quality of human life.
Touring globally through 2015

Field Museum, Chicago 
1400 S Lake Shore Drive 
Chicago, IL 60605

info [​at​] artworksforchange.org

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Nature’s Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention, produced by the nonprofit Art Works for Change, is an innovative international traveling exhibition featuring contemporary artwork by 38 renowned artists from around the world. Inspired by nature as the ultimate resource for innovations that promote an ecologically secure and sustainable future, the show’s eye-capturing art helps visitors understand and appreciate the life-or-death interdependence between the 10–20 million species on earth—including humans—and the quality of life we enjoy.

Nature’s Toolbox seeks to go beyond mere appreciation of the natural world by engaging audiences in an exploration and revelation of the Earth’s remarkable genius and creativity, developed over the last 3.8 billion years. The show pays artistic, scientific, and technological tribute to nature as both the ultimate teacher and “research and development” laboratory, which has provided us with a deep reservoir of wisdom and information, from how to design products, buildings and systems, to how to provide food, clean water and breathable air.

Nature’s Toolbox uses the medium of art in correlation with science as a powerful catalyst for creating awareness, engaging communities, and encouraging individual and collective action. Through the artworks, artists share their stories of a changing world, offering a hopeful vision and fresh solutions based on human creativity and nature-inspired design. Nature’s Toolbox is a celebration of both biodiversity and human ingenuity—a vision where humans aren’t just part of the problem but also the solution: by harnessing nature’s most brilliant ideas, we can improve the quality of human life while living in harmony with nature.

Participating artists
Allora & Calzadilla / Suzanne Anker / BioHarmonious / Antonio Briceno / Vincent Callebaut / Rob Carter / Catherine Chalmers / Ri Crawford / E.V. Day / Anthony Discenza / Chris Drury / Aganetha Dyck and Richard Dyck / Don and Era Farnsworth / Cao Fei / Free Range Studios / Donald Gensler and Maria Paz Gutierrez / Fiona Hall / Hall & Moline / Joyce Hsu / Chris Jordan / Kahn & Selesnick / Christian Kerrigan / Isabella Kirkland / Charles Lee / Katja Loher / Lori Nix / Lucy & Jorge Orta / Neri Oxman / Donna Keiko Ozawa / Sven Pahlsson / Susan Plum / Ken Rinaldo / Isabella Rossellini / Tomas Saraceno / Yuriko Yamaguchi / Xu Zhen / Marina Zurkow

The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois, now through December 2, 2012
The Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah, January 22–August 5, 2013
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas, August 31–December 17, 2013

Now booking venues worldwide. For more information, contact: info [​at​] artworksforchange.org
or +1 510 451 6610.




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