Earth Day 2023

As we think of springtime in the Northern Hemisphere and Earth Day, we gaze upon Epic Uno’s iconic Skull & Flower series with favor. He presents the visual with humor, making it accessible – even if there are many interpretations of his intentions.

We’ve selected this most recent work in collaboration with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC to lead this year’s edition of Earth Day. What better way to speak about the perilous state of our planet than a flower with a skull at its center!

The cycle of life and death is endlessly reflected in the natural world. While this witty illustration may not have been intended to, we think he’s talking about the net negative effect we have had on the Earth’s environment.

Following is a recent selection of street artworks that address the climate, our role in protecting the natural world, and how frequently we fail. Here’s to our Mother Earth, with respect.

Epic Uno for The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. (photo © Jaime Rojo)
Winston Tseng’s current campaign taking over bus shelter’s ad spaces in NYC includes a critique of the toxic materials some fast food companies employ in their food delivery packaging. The tagline in this illustration reads: “Burger King packaging leaches toxic PFAS ‘forever chemicals’.” (photo © Jaime Rojo) – Not sure who funds WildAid, but posting anyway. Beware of corporate climate-washing, by the way. Sometimes they have ulterior motives, and PR firms propagate positive narratives for nefarious ends. Not saying that this is necessarily the case here, but one has to ask, “Where does the money come from to advertise initiatives like this?” (photo © Jaime Rojo)