Climate Refugees by Bob Doyle. Courtesy photo
Where will refugees migrate to, after climate change makes their home uninhabitable? This is, and other global warming issues are explored in a new art exhibit, “Our Planet,” at the Curtis Center for the Arts in Greenwood Village though May 5. Organized by Bob Doyle of Greenwood Village, the exhibit explores the impact of climate change on the environment.
Critical questions portrayed in beautiful and moving art
Ice ages have come and gone. Dinosaurs once roamed the earth, now they are extinct. Few would disagree that the earth’s climate has undergone change over the millennia. The difference of opinion on the subject is whether our lifestyle is altering the world’s environment at an unnaturally fast, dangerous rate, and if so, what we should do about it.
Greenwood Village resident Bob Doyle is a retired environmental engineer and artist, who, in 2013, created a pilot project to assess residential irrigation efficiency at 14 homes in his neighborhood. His efforts resulted in a net reduction in water use of more than 70,000 gallons per resident, resulting in an average annual savings of $700. Using his model, Greenwood Village and Denver Water worked together to educate more residents about the ease and value of water conservation, using a program still employed today.
With his latest brainchild, Doyle has combined his passion for the environment, dedication to his fellow citizens, and love of art to bring a unique and evocative exhibition to the Curtis Center for the Arts in Greenwood Village.
“Our Planet,” running through May 5, showcases over 50 works of art by 30 Colorado artists, many created specifically for this show to contribute to the cause of visually exploring the impact of climate change on our environment and in our lives. Each artist even wrote explanations of how their art depicts their observations and emotions, which can be found hanging on the wall next to their creations.
Curtis Center for the Arts is located at 2349 E. Orchard Road and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Artist Jennifer Riefenberg in front of her diptych Fire and Ice
Planet Earth by Dr. Pushpa Mehta of Greenwood Village
Some Things Last Forever by Elizabeth Rouland
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