No one had a stronger impact on the art world from an ecological standpoint than Charley Harper. Nearly all of his work was focused on animals, birds, insects, plants, and the natural world. Through his work, Charley helped everyone to remember that we are all interconnected. There should be no “us against them” when it comes to this planet, because we all live here – and we all have a finite number of resources.
Simple changes to one ecosystem may seem insignificant, but Charley’s work emphasized that the significance of even small changes was much larger than many people believed. Charley believed it was “A Good World,” and wanted to see it stay that way.
He was passionate about climate change, and the way the planet’s flora and fauna was changing with it. Charley supported many different things, like:
- funding local parks
- stopping the slaughter of Harp seals
- protecting the Arctic
- preserving water ecology
If the issue was one of ecology, Charley was there. He was deeply moved by the issue the planet was facing, and that could be seen throughout everything he created during his time. . Ecology is a serious issue, and one that’s often overlooked in the day to day movement that is life. By bringing the seriousness of the plight of the planet into the art world, Charley became an innovator.
Limited Resources and the Value of the Environment
Anyone who buys Charley’s work can have not only a beautiful piece of artwork for their home, but also a good reminder that we have limited resources here on this beautiful blue marble we all call home. If we don’t take care of it, future generations could be left with very little. That’s true of people, but also true of every other creature on the planet. Even though Charley is no longer around, his life was spent showcasing what he thought was important. He helped to bring about a movement in the art world that recognized important topics and asked people to think deeply about the choices they were making.
Charley’s Dedication to Awareness
While there is no guarantee that change will be affected in time to stop issues like Climate Change, the only way to have any hope of stopping or slowing those types of issues is through awareness. Making people aware can be difficult, but art is something to which almost everyone responds. It’s an amazing way to reach out to people, and to touch their hearts in ways that might not have been possible otherwise. By doing that, Charley made an impact in the art world that spread many ripples out to the community beyond it. He helped everyone remember that the planet really is “A Place to Call Home” and should be taken care of and cherished.