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Esteemed author David Malouf has been invited to open the exhibition 'Fragile Planet' on Tuesday 4 December 2007. Climate campaigner Phil Freeman from the Australian Conservation Foundation will be the guest speaker on the night. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be donated to the Australian Conservation Foundation. The exhibition 'Fragile Planet' explores the dichotomy between our human desire to save the planet and our addiction to consumption that threatens the very existence of earth. We hear about the devastating affect that global warming is having on our planet everyday - the demoralizing droughts, the storms and flooding caused by rising sea levels, weather changes, threatened ecosystems, deforestation and glacier retreat.

Despite our noble thoughts to reduce the effects of global warming, we are as a race driven by the commercial world. Our contribution towards greenhouse gas emissions continues to rise and our greed dictates our actions. With this in mind, forty artists, some celebrated others less known, have been invited to interpret the planet's fragility. They will be forced from their comfort zones and instead of flat canvas's will communicate the urgency of action needed on climate change on a 45 centimeter spherical papier-mache globe which will be suspended from the ceiling as a mass installation and dramatically lit to create another worldly and unusual experience.

The globes themselves are imparting the message of fragility, but the papier-mache is actually encasing a plastic beach ball, symbolizing our underlying actions. In addition a number of sculptors and ceramicists included in this exhibition will be interpreting this theme with the creation of their own planets using mediums such as clay, bronze and metal.

'Fragile Planet' concludes on Saturday 22 December.

For further information, please email ng@ngart.com.au

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