British artist Louis Masai travels across the USA in Autumn 2016 to begin his attempt to tackle species extinction through art. It is one of the most ambitious mural projects of its kind to date, with 20 murals coming to 12 cities in just two months, reflecting the fast escalating extinction crisis. In the second in a series of short films documenting his tour ‘The Art of Beeing’, film crew Tee Byford and Emil Walker join Masai in Detroit to unearth the truth about man’s relationship with nature in the US, what’s holding society back from acting for nature and if, indeed, it’s possible to stop the extinction crisis.
Navigating their way across the states the London based team capture reaction to Masai’s work and investigate what is required on a social scale to truly make an impact. On the second leg of the tour, Masai’s mural is of the endangered gray wolf in Detroit. A city hard hit by the economic crisis, can the people of Detroit show us a way forward in how to regroup and tackle extinction together?
With dozens of species becoming extinct every day, many scientists believe up to 50% of species are heading towards extinction by 2050. With nearly one in four mammals under threat in the United States, The Art of Beeing highlights local species at risk and the urgent need to act on climate change and environmental degradation. Filmed at a time of great political consequence, each film explores if and how individuals are coming together, much like bees, to put nature first. But, the big question is: can they really discover the true ‘Art of Beeing’?
Produced by Louis Masai and Human Nature, the environmental art platform, ‘The Art of Beeing’ is being supported by organisations working for people and planet including Defenders of Wildlife; Ecoalf, the recycling fashion brand, and Synchronicity Earth.
‘The Art of Beeing’: tackling the extinction crisis one wall at a time – October to December 2016. Join us at artofbeeing.org