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‘Visions of Sustainability’

An exciting new art exhibition will take place in Abu Dhabi this month to showcase the impact of renewable energy.

The Visions of Sustainability exhibition has been arranged by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) as part of its upcoming annual Assembly. It will see American artist Bill Fontana display his multi-media work at Manarat Al Saadiyat between 15 and 20 January.

“The beauty of renewable energy is that it’s all around us. Lapping shores, warm earth, steady winds, and bright skies are present in some form just about everywhere on Earth. In producing this series of work at locations across the world, I show the immense natural power of our planet,” the artist said.

Bill has ‘digitally augmented’ recordings of clean power taken from renewable energy sites worldwide ‘to put renewable energy technologies in a new light’.

“While it is clear to those in the energy sector that renewables will play a vital role in powering the future, one of the missions of IRENA, as the global voice for renewable energy, is making that case to the public. At Visions of Sustainability, we will do that through the medium of art. Art transcends culture and language and expands our understanding of what is possible. With this exhibit we want to awaken a realisation of this fundamental shift in the eyes of the general the public through a compelling artistic representation of the primal power and beauty of wind, solar, hydro and geothermal energy sources,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.

Pieces by UAE artists, as well as art created by students based at Abu Dhabi’s universities, will also form part of the exhibition.

Using art is a great way to communicate messages to a wider audience. At the closing ceremony of last year’s European Innovation Summit (EIS) in Brussels, an evening Innovators Magazine hosted with Knowledge4Innovation, the organisers of EIS, we showcased the ‘Images of Research‘ gallery from Strathclyde University; an initiative that has been devised to provide a platform for research staff and students to demonstrate the wider impact of their work to the public.

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