For the third and most recent series of this project, C40 teamed up with a collective of incredible multi-media artists with unique visions of the world they want to live in. Their pieces challenge us to imagine a future where people and nature thrive, and cities are more resilient and equitable.
Bárbara de la Garza is a Mexican illustrator who creates colourful universes through metaphor and dreamy landscapes. Her illustrations invite the viewer to reflect on childhood and the pleasures of getting lost in art.
Bárbara’s piece urges us to consider how we relate to one another and reflect on how we can work together to care for our people and our planet. Her work aims to spark empathy with the viewer, and inspire collective action to build the future we want.
“We are all part of the same space and we live in the same home known as planet Earth. If we take care of others and everything that surrounds us, we would also be taking care of ourselves.”
Céline Pelcé is a French food artist and designer who explores the origins of our cultural and spiritual relationships with food.
Céline has created an original piece of video art titled ‘Le Banquet’, which asks the question: “How can we enrich our understanding of territories by working with food as a cultural, social and symbolic signifier?”
“Embrace your city” by Daniel Ianae & Anna Charlie. Daniel is a poet who writes poems that invite people to embrace their feelings, and talk about a range of diverse topics. His stories are illustrated by Anna, a children’s book illustrator who works to bring imagination to people’s lives.
Poet Daniel & illustrator Anna came together to explore how interconnected our world is, from cities and bodies to clean air and healthcare. Daniel and Anna said: “If we want to breathe clean air, we must understand where this comes from. If we want a safer place to live, we must connect to the roots of the cause. It all comes back to us and our bodies.”
The second series of illustrations was part of our campaign around a Green & Just Recovery in the midst of the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and focused on themes of resilience and equity; health and well-being; and jobs and an inclusive economy.
The first series of illustrations were commissioned as a part of our #TheFutureWeWant campaign ahead of the 2019 C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark. The prompt for this series was “What is the future you want?” – artists were asked to show what they would want their city to look like in the near or far-off future.