Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the Carbon Habit

Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the carbon habit 

Exhibition now closed
5 June – 16 November 2008
Free entry
People and history 


In honour of the annual United Nations World Environment Day (WED) celebrations on 5 June, the Natural World Museum and Te Papa are pleased to present Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the carbon habit in partnership with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), the Ministry for the Environment, and the New Zealand Government.

This contemporary art exhibition of works by leading artists from around the world aims to generate awareness of global climate change, with an emphasis on moving towards a low carbon economy.

The artists were asked to find new ways to articulate the Earth in balance, and explore new visions and choices for a sustainable world.

The exhibition was curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg of the Natural World Museum and features an evocative mix of painting, sculpture, photography, multimedia, and installation. Artworks include a startling video projection of environmental devastation by Susan Norrie of Australia, dream-like desert imagery by Bill Viola of the USA, assemblage by Mounir Fatmi of Morocco, an ‘existential slapstick’ video trilogy by Lars Siltberg of Sweden, and digital prints by Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. New Zealand features with Alison Clouston, Geoff Dixon and lithographs by Bill Culbert and Ralph Hotere.

This is an exciting and rare opportunity to see global, multimedia artworks that will expand your perceptions about the environment.

A Carbon Neutral Exhibit

Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the carbon habit is an international travelling exhibition, launching in New Zealand and touring Latin America, North America, Asia and Europe. The exhibition features 27 artists from 20 countries.

The Natural World Museum is committed to sustainable business practices, and offsets the climate impact of the Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the carbon habit exhibit in each city on its world tour. 120 trees will be planted to offset the carbon emissions for the New Zealand venue, through carbon-offset credits from the CarbonFund. NWM has also pledged these trees to UNEP's worldwide tree planting campaign, the Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign.

Banner: Skyline, 2007, by Mounir Fatmi. Courtesy of the artist and Lombard-Freid Projects, New York