Madico’s Protekt® Backsheets included in Solar Art Project!
During the week of November 20-27, artists and citizens joined together in 20 locations across the globe to form public art pieces large enough to be seen from space. Each art piece told the story of local climate challenges or solutions – united by one cause – to send a message to address climate change. This Global Climate Solutions Project, in collaboration with 350.org and Tcktcktck.org, was a global scale art project to address the global climate crisis.
To help support the Global Climate Solutions Project, Madico proudly sponsored International Aerial Artist John Quigley of Spectral Q, the creative director behind the “Solar Eagle” take flight art piece. In a nonprofit, all volunteer effort, Quigley incorporated Madico Protekt® Photovoltaic backsheets with other solar-power materials to form the image of an eagle taking flight. The artwork was then photographed via satellite, along with all other entries in the project, to be presented at the United Nations Climate talks in December 2010.
Other aerial art pieces from around the globe were equally impressive. In New Delhi, 3000 students joined together to form the image of an elephant. Like “the elephant in the room,” the piece was intended to send the message to local leaders that climate change cannot be ignored. In the Dominican Republic, hundreds of people joined together using their bodies to create an image illustrating the risk of rising sea levels due to climate change. This condition threatens their island nation and only home.
In Santa Fe New Mexico, over 1500 local citizens stood in the dry riverbed of one of America’s most endangered rivers due to climate change. They used their bodies to create the image of a flash flood. “The earth’s arid areas are growing steadily dryer; without concerted international action their future is in doubt,” stated Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org. “Santa Fe’s FLASH FLOOD event is one of the first great examples of vulnerable people demanding to be heard — acting with creativity and beauty, but also with great hope.”
In many of the art pieces, the number 350 is present. This number signifies what scientists say is the safe upper limit ppm of C02 in the atmosphere; according to this group, the current C02 levels are at 390ppm.
You can find additional impressive areal art projects listed on the 350.org website.
Madico manufacturers films for energy conservation and the renewable energy markets. We take pride in our Leaner and Greener™ manufacturing processes based on the principles of six sigma and lean manufacturing. Our facility is designed for 100% capture of process emissions and is equipped with a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (MEGTEC CleanSwitch) that performs with greater than 99% destruction efficiency of Volatile Organic Compounds utilized in the manufacturing processes. This system also functions as a heat recovery system with 95% thermal efficiency. The heat is captured and re-used in our manufacturing process.