Maya Lin to Debut 'Unchopping a Tree' at Support REDD+ Gala at COP15
Media Piece is Latest Iteration of Lin's Last Memorial 'What is Missing?' Highlighting Solutions to Curb Climate Change and Protect Species
COPENHAGEN, Dec. 16
COPENHAGEN, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Maya Lin, the world-renowned artist and designer, will tonight debut her new media piece â€“ Unchopping a Tree â€“ at the Support REDD+ Gala in Copenhagen at COP15, hosted by The Coalition for Rainforest Nations and the governments of Gabon, Guyana and Papua New Guinea. The video is the latest iteration of What is Missing?, Ms. Lin's last memorial, and links deforestation prevention and sustainable reforestation with reducing carbon emissions and protecting endangered species and habitats.
Deforestation is a leading issue at the COP15 negotiations in Copenhagen. REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation) is a proposed UN mechanism designed to give developing nations the financial incentive to keep their forests standing.
In addition to unveiling Unchopping a Tree in front of an audience of heads of state and environmental NGOs, Ms. Lin will be honoring seven organizations that have been awarded grants for their efforts to protect forests and support and implement REDD.
"The seven organizations being honored tonight prove that REDD is not only doable, but is being done," Ms. Lin said. "All of us can help to unchop a tree and show that trees are worth more alive than dead. By protecting forests, we help stop species loss and curb climate change so in effect, we are 'saving two birds with one tree.'"
The seven projects receiving grants through the What is Missing? Foundation include:
"We are truly honored to have Maya Lin's support of the rainforest cause through her powerful and inspiring artwork, which forces us to look at the serious issue of deforestation through a new lens," said Kevin Conrad, Executive Director of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations and Papua New Guinea's Special Envoy and Ambassador for Environment & Climate Change. "Unchopping a Tree and What is Missing? will undoubtedly draw more attention to deforestation and the need for habitat and species protection, and motivate individuals to take action."
Key partners on the What is Missing? project include the San Francisco Arts Commission, California Academy of Sciences, and Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Key contributors include National Geographic Society and BBC Earth. Support for the What is Missing? Foundation is provided by The Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Louis Bacon/The Moore Charitable Foundation, as well as other generous donors.
About What Is Missing?
What is Missing?, Maya Lin's last memorial, is a multi-sited artwork being built to draw global attention to the crisis surrounding biodiversity and habitat loss. The memorial is being constructed with both virtual and physical works that blend science with art, drawing on contributions from individuals and artists around the globe. Part wake-up call, part call to action, What is Missing? is intended both to inform and inspire. The project will draw special attention to the links among endangered species, habitat loss, and climate change. Â Advisory organizations include the California Academy of Sciences, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, San Francisco Arts Commission, Creative Time, The American Museum of Natural History, World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, IUCN, the National Geographic Society, National Resources Defense Council, Oceana, Panthera, among others. For more information on What is Missing? and future iterations, please visit whatismissing.net.
About Maya Lin
Maya Lin has maintained a careful balance between art and architecture throughout her career, creating a remarkable body of work that includes large-scale site-specific installations, intimate studio artworks, architectural works, and memorials. Landscape is the context and the source of inspiration for Ms. Lin's art. Her works address how we relate and respond to the environment, and presents new ways of looking at the world around us. From recent environmental works such as Storm King Wavefield, Where the Land Meets the Sea and Eleven Minute Line to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, where she cut open the land and polished its edges to create a history embedded in the earth, Ms. Lin has consistently explored how we experience the landscape. She has made works that merge completely with the terrain, blurring the boundaries between two- and three-dimensional space and set up a systematic ordering of the land tied to history, language, and time. For more information on Maya Lin, visit www.mayalin.com.
About the Coalition for Rainforest Nations
The Coalition for Rainforest Nations (CfRN) is an intergovernmental policy group that is developing economic incentives to support environmentally sustainable economic growth, including the sustainable management of forests. CfRN is working within the United Nations system to ensure that future climate change agreements provide positive incentives to developing countries that voluntarily reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD) and promote the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests, and the enhancement of forest carbon stocks.
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