When science and art come together, what do you get?

One outdoor mural, two large video installations (in Boston and Houston), three billboards, and a highway sign. Plus two deer on stilts in the bay of Portland, Maine.

thank god and vote for science billboard

Photo: Class Action

Art for Science Rising features six talented artists, who all worked on projects that draw attention to the role science plays in protecting our health and safety, and the critical role we all play in ensuring that science isn’t sidelined.

Early in 2018, Science Rising and the Union of Concerned Scientists issued a call to artists to submit proposals to create outdoor work, visible and bold, in public areas. We received an inspiring array of concepts from across the country that were juried by a team of artists, art curators, and science communicators.

Photo: Sebastian Buffa

Six artists and collectives were awarded grants of $10,000 each. The first installation, by sculptor Andy Rosen, is now on display in Casco Bay in Portland, Maine. Learn more about Andy’s project TREAD here.

The second installation, a series of billboards by a collective of graphic designers known as Class Action, is now on display along I-95 south of New Haven, Connecticut.

Justin Brice Guargiglia's project, WE ARE THE ASTEROID II is the third Art for Science Rising installation. His LED sign, set up in a high traffic area, alerts passersby of the Earth's ecological crisis. The board flashes warnings, prompting spectators to think about the changes taking place in the natural world.

Artist Yu-Wen Wu's installation in Boston's Chinatown brings attention to the connection between displacement and climate change. With/Out Water was created with the collaborative support of the BCNC Pao Arts Center, ACDC, and Chinatown residents, whom she interviewed for content.

In Houston, Texas, Lina Dib's projection installation Like There Is No Tomorrow brings the Garden Banks reef to pedestrians. The piece brings awareness to Texans about the threat the reefs are facing while displaying their beauty.

Madeleine LeMieux, co-founder of Resident Arts in Columbia, worked collaboratively on a mural in a Missouri underpass, using a poetic quote to drive awareness about the environment. The piece encourages viewers to think about how they can take responsibility for their own environmental impacts.

Why Art for Science Rising?

Every day, our health and well-being depend on decisions that are based on science. We rely on evidence-based public policy for everything from the safety of the food we buy at the store to the quality of the air we breathe.

But science can be manipulated for political and financial gain. If we’re not paying attention, research budgets get slashed, industry lobbyists replace scientists at agencies like the EPA, and politically inconvenient findings are suppressed.

Each of the six projects and accompanying actions are being staged as part of Science Rising, a national movement working to ensure that science is front and center in decision making processes that affect us all.

We hope that Art for Science Rising will reach people in ways beyond words. Get involved here.

The Union of Concerned Scientists is proud to be an organizing partner of Science Rising, a nationwide mobilization effort taking place througout 2018 in the run-up to the midterm elections. Learn more at www.sciencerising.org.