In Adelaide, Australiaâ€™s fifth-largest city with 1.3 million residents, 51 artists submitted 66 different works for the fifth Solar Art Prize which offered a first prize of AUS$ 8,000 worth of solar panels, along with four minor prizes of AUS$ 5,000 each of solar vouchers.
The 66 artworks have been on display at the Royal South Australian Society of Arts gallery in March and April 2014, and are currently at display at Pilgrim Uniting Church in Adelaide.
The aim of the exhibition is to raise awareness of climate change and to encourage â€œideas for the reduction of atmospheric green house gasses as expressed through art work, or by illustrating warnings and public responsibility.â€
The exhibition depicts artistsâ€™ concerns with the environment and climate change, through their imagination, diversity and the beauty of nature.
In addition to viewing the art exhibit, visitors can pick up a booklet, â€˜Ways We Can â€“ Meet the challenge of climate changeâ€™, which containS a mix of previous art entries and emsissions reduction info â€“ â€œscience to inform and art to inspire.â€
The theme for this yearsâ€™ Solar Arts Prize was â€˜Caring for Our Planetâ€™. A Peopleâ€™s Choice Award was handed over 13 April 2014.
Pilgrim Uniting Church hosts the 5th Solar Art Prize exhibition â€˜Caring for our Planetâ€™ until 9 May 2014.
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â€œThe exhibition aims to celebrate nature and the environment and promote the reduction of carbon output in the fight against global warming by encouraging ideas for the reduction of green house gasses as expressed through art work, or by illustrating warnings and public responsibility. If the world can change to renewable power, we can achieve a more sustainable future for both the natural world and humanity.â€Â Introduction from exhibition booklet
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