Arcadia Earth is a next generation art exhibition designed to reignite the conversation around the most pressing environmental issues of our time. Founded and designed by experiential artist Valentino Vettori, Arcadia is the first platform of its kind to offer a powerful, intimately personal exploration of the plight of our planet through human scale art installations and the futuristic lens of augmented and virtual reality. Get your tickets here.
Guests will be transported through 15 rooms designed to shine a spotlight on the ecological issues threatening our very existence - overfishing, plastic pollution, food waste, deforestation and climate change. Covering 15000 sf, highlights of the expansive showcase include a pathway through an underwater ocean where guests can observe our shrinking coral beds and gaze at the ceiling emblazoned with plastic coated jellyfish – the only sea life expected to survive in our polluted oceans – and venture through a life-size entrapment of fishing nets to emphasize the fact that seafood is on the brink of extinction.
Each installation has been developed using upcycled materials and reusable elements, created in collaboration with 12 leading environmental artists including Samuelle Green, Tamara Kotianovsky, Etty Yaniv, Cindy Roe, Poramit Thantapalit, Jesse Harrod, Justin Bolognino/META, Katie Donahue, Katharina Hoerath, Charlotte Becket and Emmy Mikelson. Vettori also partnered with Brooklyn-based artist Basia Goszczynska to honor New York State’s ban on plastic bags by creating a cave of 44,000 recycled plastics bags, representing the number used in the state per minute.
With a focus on individual empowerment, each installation provides educational commentary uncovering inconvenient truths about the future of our planet – like the fact that we ingest the equivalent of one credit card a week in microplastics – accompanied by easily actionable suggestions to inspire everyone to become part of the solution. The experience culminates with a petition signing room where visitors can choose make their own personal vows to help with the conservation of the planet.
Arcadia Earth is located at 718 Broadway and will open to the public the first week in September. Tickets for general admission are $33, student tickets are $27 and children ages 4 and under will be admitted for free – currently available for purchase on arcadia.earth. Proceeds from all ticket sales will also directly support Arcadia’s educational and charity partner, Oceanic Global, an organization devoted to raising awareness of the devastating effects human consumption has on our aquatic ecosystems. Charitable supporters also include EarthX and Underwater Earth.