Poster - 'Doomsday'

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A poster featuring a black and white image of the Doomsday Clock symbolically represented by the Earth in flames. The poster features the words /100 Seconds to Midnight/Time's Ticking/ and a description of the Doomsday Clock. On the bottom of the poster is a QR code and the words /@michaellangenegger for #BushfireBrandalism/. The poster is part of a collection of 41 high-resolution digitally-printed posters featuring the work of artists protesting about the need for action on climate change during the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire emergency.
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1800mm x 1200mm (6 sheet)
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/100 Seconds to Midnight/
/Time's Ticking/
/The Doomsday Clock is a symbol that represents the likelihood of a man-made global catastrophe./Maintained since 1947 by the members of the Bulletin Of Atomic Scientists./The Clock is a metaphor for threats to humanity from unchecked scientific and technical advances./It represents the hypothetical global catastrophe as "midnight" and the Bulletin's opinion/on how close the world is to a global catastrophe as a number of "minutes" to midnight, assessed/in January of each year. The main factors influencing the Clock are nuclear rish and climate change./The Bulletin's Science and Security Board also monitorsnew developments in the life sciences and/technology that could inflict irrevocable harm to humanity. On January 23rd 2020 the clock was set at 100/seconds to midnight making it the closest it's been set to midnight since it's creation in 1947./
/@michaellangenegger for #BushfireBrandalism/
History and use
This collection of high-resolution digitally printed posters were created for an unsanctioned art campaign under the banner ‘Bushfire Brandalism’ in response to the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire emergency. In February 2020, a collective of 41 Australian artists replaced 78 public advertising posters across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with satirical posters highlighting the destructive effects of the fossil fuel industry and the need for government action on climate change.

The 2019-2020 bushfire season had a catastrophic effect on the residents, infrastructure, and unique ecosystems of Queensland, with more than 7 million hectares burnt across the state. This collection of 41 posters documents community reactions to a significant event in Queensland’s history and contributes to a contemporary and ongoing narrative about climate change and activism in Australia.

This poster was created by Michael Langenegger, an illustrator and graphic designer based in Newcastle, Australia.
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