Berlin, 29 October 2022 – A week before the United Nations climate conference (COP27), FOUR PAWS, the global animal welfare organisation, alongside world acclaimed street artist, Gregor Wosik have collaborated to produce one of the largest 3D street art banners to highlight animal suffering in factory farms and its devastating impacts on the climate crisis.
The painting shows an optical illusion of two depicted scenarios where there is a choice between a utopian or dystopian world depending on how we treat the planet. Wosik finished the banner at Brandenburg Tor, Berlin, minutes away from the Reichstag.
"The painting highlights the need for animal welfare to be at the very heart of tackling the climate crisis. This is a staggering piece of 3D art, and one that the public can interact with.
Without addressing food systems at UN level, the global climate goals as set out in the Paris Agreement will not be achieved. We therefore call on UN member states to move away from resource-intensive and harmful livestock systems and to accelerate this as part of their climate policies.
Animal agriculture is the second-highest source of global greenhouse gas emissions, with an estimated 80 billion farmed animals worldwide are slaughtered for human consumption every year. Factory farming and our excessive consumption of meat and dairy are the key driving factors. Governments must address these route causes with immediate effect.”
Dr Martina Stephany, FOUR PAWS Director Farm Animals and Nutrition
Gregor Wosik, spoke about the collaboration with FOUR PAWS.
“To join forces with one of the largest animal welfare organisations to highlight the biggest issue that the whole world faces was a privilege.
“Art can change the way we see the world, it has a unique way to hold up a mirror to our consciousness. Art transcends language, cultures, creed, and can be a great unifier. If we are to tackle the climate crisis, we can only do that by being united.”
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Gregor Wosik has participated in street painting competitions and events for more than 20 years. His largest exhibition work to date took place in Vienna; here he was representative of the street painting in Germany and presented very special works in the direction of 3D illusion painting.
In the summer of 2009, the largest 3D project to date was realized in Rijssen, the Netherlands, together with five European street painters. A 750 square meter 3D image was created within three days.
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FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler and friends, the organisation advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. The sustainable campaigns and projects of FOUR PAWS focus on companion animals including stray dogs and cats, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats and orangutans – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, the UK, the USA and Vietnam as well as sanctuaries for rescued animals in eleven countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. www.four-paws.org