Oil Duck


Oil Spill Duck Awarded First Place in CoolClimate Competition


WASHINGTON, DC – The CoolClimate Art Contest called on artists worldwide to submit their work for the first online art competition designed to generate iconic images that address the impact of climate change. More than 1,000 artists from around the globe made submissions through CoolClimate’s partner, deviantART.com, the largest online network for artists, creatives, and art enthusiasts, with 15 million members worldwide.


Thousands of entries were narrowed down to 20 finalists by the following judges who selected Donald Gialanella's Oil Spill Duck Sculpture for the top prize.


Jackson Browne (musician)
Chevy & Jayni Chase (comedian and philanthropist)
Mel Chin (artist)
Dianna Cohen (artist)
Philippe Cousteau (ecologist)
Agnes Gund (art collector and advocate)
Van Jones (environmental activist)
David Ross (art expert)
Carrie Mae Weems (artist)

As Agnes Gund, art expert and one of the judges for the Contest said, “There is probably no issue more important facing us today then how we are affecting our environment. The CoolClimate Art Contest is a smart and engaging way to
compel artists to influence and communicate the critical issue of climate change. Art has the power to persuade on a deeply emotional level, sometimes more effectively than grafts or numbers or datasheets.”


At this special event for environmental and art leaders, the CoolClimate Art Contest winners will be announced in conjunction with a lively discussion about how the arts are a vibrant tool for social change and how the winning CoolClimate Art images can help advance public awareness about climate change.