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Artist calls for protecting the ocean

Updated: 2024-06-13 15:47 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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Artist Kong Ning wears the "Blue Fish" creation in Beijing, June 8, 2024. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

With the frequent emergence of extreme weather events, environmental issues have recently garnered increased attention.

On the 16th World Ocean Day, which just passed, Chinese artist Kong Ning unveiled her latest creation "Blue Fish" in Beijing on Saturday. This artwork aims to raise public awareness about the importance of protecting the world's oceans. The installation features a blue "planet", 100 small blue "whales" and four large "whales". Kong emphasized that since the ocean covers more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface, protecting the ocean is tantamount to protecting the planet.

As both an artist and environmentalist, Kong plans to donate her "Blue Fish" creation to a kindergarten later for recycling purposes.

Earlier this year, on World Earth Day, she showcased her creation "Transparent Earth" in Beijing, which conveyed the message of cherishing the Earth and promoting harmonious coexistence between humans and nature.

In the coming months, she will continue her environmental art initiatives overseas, advocating for the protection of the Earth and world peace. For instance, she will launch the "Little Blue Man" project in Paris in July, and will work on green earth-themed creations in South American countries from August to October.

Artist Kong Ning wearing the "Blue Fish" creation and a passer-by pose for a photo in Beijing, June 8, 2024. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
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