On Dec. 8, a humanitarian coalition comprised of Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc., the Li Ka Shing Foundation andOkeanos, in partnership with The Oceanic Preservation Society andObscura Digital, and under the auspices of theWorld Bank Group‘s Connect4Climate initiative, presented a gift of contemporary public art entitled “Fiat Lux: Illuminating our Common Home” to Pope Francis on the opening day of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. At this unprecedented and historic event, beautiful images of our shared natural world was projected onto the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica in a contemporary work of public art that tells the visual story of the interdependency of humans and life on earth with the planet, in order to educate and inspire change around the climate crisis across generations, cultures, languages, religions and class.
The large-scale architectural public art installation is inspired by the themes of climate change, human dignity and the earth’s living creatures in the Encyclical “Laudato Si’” of Pope Francis. Programmed to coincide not only with the Jubilee, but also with COP21 inParis, the historic occasion will call on citizens of the world to join a global movement to protect our common home.
The cinematic event will feature the work of some of the world’s most notable humanistic and nature photographers and filmmakers including Sebastião Salgado and (Genesi and Contrasto), Joel Sartore (National Geographic Photo Ark), Yann Arthus Bertrand(Human), David Doubilet, Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson(Samsara),Howard Hall, Shawn Heinrichs, Greg Huglin, Chris Jordan,Steve McCurry, Paul Nicklen and Louie Schwartzberg. The projection is curated by Louie Psihoyos and Travis Threlkel, and produced by Obscura Digital
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