London – Artist Olafur Eliasson has launched Earth Speakr, an interactive digital initiative created to engage children in positive climate action.
The project comprises an augmented reality (AR) app, website and virtual presentations. It aims to directly involve children in environmental awareness and activity by allowing them to transform the world around them into plant life, plastic bags and other objects. Using AR, the app also allows users to blend their faces into objects such as bottles and flowers, recording short video messages that are pinned to a virtual map of the world for others to explore.
‘Earth Speakr is a collective artwork that invites kids to be artists,’ explains Olafur Eliasson. ‘The artwork is made up of their thoughts and visions, concerns and hopes. Earth Speakr invites kids to speak their hearts and minds, and participate in shaping our world and the planet, today and in the future.’
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