If there is an iconic image that communicates the desperation wildlife faces when pitted against the magnitudinous force of global warming, it is the lone polar bear stuck on a melting ice flow. ‘Global Warming’, a rug designed by NEL artists Ricardo Casas, Alejandro Castro, Héctor Esrawe, Emiliano Godoy and Cecilia León de la Barra, captures this beautiful yet tragic moment in 100% New Zealand wool.
The rug is intended to communicate, “a thorny problem that is specific to our time.” And though it follows the age-old tradition of using rugs as a means of communication and mediums for cultural record, there are various other metaphors that can be inferred by NEL’s poetic creation: Carbon footprints being the cause of Global Warming, our comfort directly correlating with the discomfort of other species, [insert your inference here].
Even though the promotional material pictures a boy seated in a pristine, gallery-style environment (above), the rug serves as a great conversation piece in any kid’s room, especially if the child has The Polar Bears’ Home in his or her library. Not only will the concept of Global Warming’s effect be brought home, but through communication with parents and peers, children will have a better understanding of what it all means.
Dezeen reports that Nanimarquina, the company in charge of producing the rugs, “guarantees that no child labour is used in the manufacture of its carpets. It collaborates with Care & Fair – an organization created with the goal of eradicating child labour in the carpet industry in countries like India, Pakistan and Nepal – to which it donates 1% of the value of its imports from India.” Which seems only logical considering the intended message.