Name: Mick Stephenson and Angela Tracy
At a time of huge uncertainty in the world, the installation envisages what a hopeful future might look like if humanity succeeded, through cooperation in solving our major global challenges such as climate change.
Let’s imagine that future, where the planet has been protected through the reduction of greenhouse gases and where there has been huge investment in renewable energies, like wind and solar power. A world where we live in harmony with nature. A world where people are kinder to each other and to the planet we share.
Going back in time to 1977, Voyager 1 and 2 were launched by NASA into space with a special cargo on board – known as The Voyager Golden Records. The records contained sounds and images portraying the diversity of life and culture on Earth. These hopeful messages were intended to communicate a story of our world to extra-terrestrials, as a sort of time capsule.
Here on earth in 2021, more than 200 world leaders are meeting in Glasgow for COP26 to discuss and take action against climate change. It is time for Earthship 1 to launch into space, with yet another very special cargo on board.
Over 150 people from Paisley were asked the question: What are your hopes for the future of the planet?
They have turned their answers into wonderful dioramas – and that’s the very special cargo in the hold!
What are your hopes for the future?
Artists: Mick Stephenson and Angela Tracy
With thanks to: All the community groups who created the Dioramas – The Kibble, Our Lady of Peace Primary school and ELCC class, RYV, EYC, MSYP, Media Academy, Celebrating Renfrewshire, Artboss, Glennifer 33rd Scouts and Cubs, St Mirren’s Cubs and Beavers, Lochwinnoch Primary School, Team Up to Clean Up
Produced by: Cirque Bijou
Earthship1 is 7 metres tall and 8 metres wide.