Peru’s region of Madre de Dios is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth–but the lush Amazonian area is under serious threat by deforestation and illegal gold mining. Although Peru is home to the second-largest amount of rainforest in the world, the rise of gold mining has devastated nearly 370,000 acres of the country’s Amazon. To raise awareness of these environmental issues and spark dialogue on how best to balance resource conservation with the economic needs of the community, the nonprofit Eco Art Installations created inspiring eco art from locally sourced leaves, flowers, seeds, and trash. The artists involved include Sue, an orphaned howler monkey; Char Evans; Gypsy Voyager’s Christine Ashley Guckert, and Anthony Zaccone; and KamranJon’s Kamran Pakseresht. Prints and photos of the artwork can be purchased at Saatchi Art.
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