By Robin Meadows
The arts can reach people in ways that facts and figures can’t. “Even if you have the knowledge, there’s an element of activation,” says Nicole Ardoin, a Stanford researcher studying environmental behavior. “Art speaks to people on an emotional level that can create a spark.” This is particularly true for climate change, and is the impetus for many Bay Area artists. Consider Fairfax-based sculptors Daniel McCormick and Mary O’Brien and their work titled Submerged. It’s an array of rounded cones designed to transform into an oyster reef. Or San Francisco-based Reneé Rhodes, who plans to choreograph dancers to mimic the geologic processes in sand cycle landscapes.