Creating change [04-12]
Don and Era Hamaji Farnsworth – Mythos VII, Deluge Thangka, State I, tapestry, 2006
The accounts of epic disasters that are found in many religions are very similar to some of the predictions that are now being made regarding uncontrollable climate change. American artists Don and Era Farnsworth took their inspiration from a Tibetan religious artwork from the late 18th century, and used some parts of the original tapestry scene to show the dangers we could face if we do not take action.
In the Farnsworths' tapestry, the flood is the result of melting glaciers. The sun is surrounded by a CO2 symbol, referring to the build-up of carbon dioxide gases in the atmosphere causing the greenhouse effect, while the floating scarf represents a graph of the changing levels of CO2 over the last 1,000 years.
Work reproduced courtesy of the artist. Part of the UNEP/Natural World Museum exhibition "Melting Ice/A Hot Topic: Envisioning Change"