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Friday, March 27 • 8:00am - 9:00am
The Way Forward - Launch the solar, lighter than air balloon sculpture

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This event marks the launching of The Way Forward, a collectively constructed, large solar hot air balloon made of 11,000 plastic bags that would otherwise be trash. A project suggested by Keynote speaker Pablo Suarez, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, based on the invitation to an artistic experimental performance by artist Tomás Saraceno.

Co-created in a conference workshop, is this wonder-producing artwork from a pernicious source of waste – the plastic bag – produces a powerful experience for all communities threatened by a changing climate. It attracts viewers and offers a means to re-imagine the world and its possibilities. The proposed crowd-made solar hot air balloon can be used as part of participatory processes to explore climate change science, adaptation, and mitigation. A flying solar balloon can promote resilience in any local context, offering local media a simple story for reporting community efforts in understanding and addressing climate change.

This iteration of the project has been managed by sculptor Bobby Zokaites 


Pablo Suarez

Pablo Suarez is the Associate Director for Research and Innovation at the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, as well as visiting fellow at Boston University, research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, and faculty member at... Read More →

Bobby Zokaites

Bobby Zokaites is an Arizona-based artist engaging his imagination through the creation of large-scale, colorful, and interactive spaces and objects. Enthusiastic about the idea of ‘play’, his work investigates themes of adventure and childhood while utilizing construction and... Read More →

Friday March 27, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am MST
Nelson Plaza 51 East 10th Street Tempe, AZ

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