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Windmill sends climate message

Friday, 10th December, 2010

The spectacular artwork at Fowler’s Gap The spectacular artwork at Fowler’s Gap

Fowler's Gap was used in a giant public art display seen across the world to draw attention to the UN climate change meetings in Cancun.

Australian artist Keith Chidzey and photographer Peter Solness collaborated to make a contribution to the 350 EARTH global art show.

It was a giant, blazing windmill with the number "350" at Fowler's Gap, 90 minutes north of the city.

The work was meant to show that Australia's untapped renewable energy resources could help the world get back to the safe level of 350 parts per million of greenhouse gases.

The show, the first of its kind, had 16 works large enough to be seen from space to highlight the hazards of climate change.

The artist and a team of volunteers graded, dug, mattocked and raked out the shapes that are 200m long and 70m wide. 

The threat of rain forced them to speed up their efforts. The display was supported by City Council, the Silverton Windfarm and individual patrons.

"It was an amazing thing to be a part of, especially right before the UN meetings start in Mexico," said Keith Chidzey.

"It took so many people here and in countries around the world to create works so large they could be seen via satellite. Let's hope the message getsacross to world leaders that we need to be taking action now."

The other 350 EARTH events took place in the Brazilian Amazon, Cairo, Cape Town, Cancun, Reykjavik, Brighton-Hove, UK, New York City,Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Vancouver and Canada.

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