Filipino artist makes it to finals of COP26 art competition

Filipino artist makes it to finals of COP26 art competition

FINALIST. Bricx Martilo makes it to the finals of COP26's art competition with his piece 'Nexus.'

Screenshot from DigitalArt4Climate's website

Digital artist Bricx Martillo Dumas' piece is one of 30 finalists from all over the world

A Filipino artist is one of the finalists at the COP26 Summit’s art competition, DigitalArt4Climate.

Digital artist Bricx Martillo Dumas made it to the finals with his work entitled “Nexus.” In the piece, we see a hand holding a drink in a plastic bag with a straw, and a cigarette whose smoke evaporates into tiny leaves.

The piece is the 10th out of 30 finalists from all over the world, and the only one from the Philippines. Other finalists are as young as 10 and as old as 64, and also pieces that highlight various environmental problems arising from climate change.

The entries are now up for public voting. For more details on how to vote, visit the DigitalArt4Climate gallery here.

One overall winner will be awarded 1,500 euros, and three sub-theme winners will be awarded 500 euros each. Their work will also be exhibited in Glasgow, Scotland where COP26 is currently taking place.

The competition’s Winners’ Celebration will take place on November 11.

According to its website, DigitalArt4Climate is an initiative “which uses blockchain technology to turn art into digital assets or NFTs, which can be collected and traded, thus opening up a socio-technological innovation space which helps to unlock extraordinary potential for resource mobilization and climate empowerment.”

The COP26 Summit is a gathering of some 120 world leaders to discuss actions to address climate problems. It will run until November 12. –