Walking the Solar System for ArtCOP21

with visiting Australian artist John Colin Reid outdoors on Civic Plaza, Downtown Albuquerque.

On Wednesday, October 28, 2015, visiting Australian artist John Colin Reid, UNM Land Arts of the American West students and community members participated in Walk the Solar System on Civic Plaza in Downtown Albuquerque to reaffirm the environmental health of planet Earth as essential for the preservation of our humanity. Participants adopted a strident walking pose for one, silent, perfectly still, contemplative minute to traverse The Solar System together for more than a thousand miles relative to the Sun. Walking the Solar System is an exercise in imagination that highlights our physical immersion in the vast expanse of space. No one will get lost. Everyone returns from a Solar Walk as a confirmed Solurban Citizen convinced of the real estate value of our planet - it’s irreplaceable, it’s priceless!

An elevated panoramic camera recorded the Solar Walk from a central position on Civic Plaza. The photographic documentation will be sent as an aesthetic visual message of aspiration and hope from the Solurban citizens of Albuquerque to the 2015 Paris Climate Conference via submission to the associated art and cultural program, ArtCOP21.

Location: Outdoors on Civic Plaza, Downtown Albuquerque, MAP

John Colin Reid is an Emeritus Fellow of Australian National University and a Visiting Artist with the Land Arts of the American West program, Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico. His visual art practice spans photography, performance art and collage relating to issues of human rights, the environment and global warming.


Images: (top) 150 artists Walk the Solar System, Australian National University, Canberra, July 2015;
(bottom) Downtown Albuquerque Civic Plaza