Produced in collaboration with the UN Science-Policy-Business Forum on the Environment, the artworks highlight the progress that has been made in increasing the protection of Key Biodiversity Areas around the world.
Over the past fifty years, every corner of the globe has made strides to protect these crucial areas and they contribute significantly to the maintained biodiversity of our planet.
The installation features a musical score by Giovanni Agusta and aims to inspire with data celebrating the positive impact of the UN’s Environmental Programme.The 5 screen artwork uses digital ‘living’ virtual landscapes and sculptural abstracted forms as a canvas for datasets given by UN scientists. The installation also features alarming data on the Material Footprint of the world, revealing a concerning trend regarding raw materials being extracted from the Earth over the past 50 years.
It ends on moment to lead viewers to UNEP.org and Keybiodiversityareas.org, where people from all areas of life can see who they can join in to identify and protect Key Biodiversity Areas themselves.
Abdulla Shahid, President of the United Nations General Assembly said: "The 50-50 art piece uses real data to articulate the condition of our changing environment, the hope to conserve and restore our ecosystems and a vision for future action. I congratulate John Munro and Giovanni Agusta for their creativity and the scientists for providing the datasets behind this legacy project that embraces the emerging art forms of the Metaverse. It inspires us to act towards a better future."
Munro said: “I wanted to highlight the positive impact of five decades of climate action in key biodiversity areas with sculptural visions in nature and on nature. The works imagine the outcome of a unified goal of mixing our territories, collaborating under the vision of protection of the natural environment”.
Each spatial NFT of this work is created to be displayed on a portrait screen format. Each of these living, breathing, scenes will be taken from the Stockholm multi-screen installation. A single NFT will focus on one landscape and run for hours as time, as weather and atmospheric conditions interact with the visual sculptural elements in the scene. Recommended hardware for display will be included in the package.
This work bridges the concept of physical and digital art ownership and presents buyers with a unique opportunity to invest in a new medium, while providing investment to support a healthy, sustainable and integrated environment for the future of our planet.
The exclusive digital art pieces of 50-50 will be for sale by auction, with all proceeds going to support the United Nations Environment Programme and its dedicated charities in their work on climate action.