At Arcadia Earth, Dazzle Illuminates Danger

“I like the data visualization,” said Basia Goszczynska (pronounced BASH-a Gosh-CHIN-ska), a 34-year-old Brooklyn artist who created “The Rainbow Cave” for “Arcadia.” Her installation, which resembles the interior of a crystal palace but is actually made of about 44,000 plastic bags — the estimated number used every minute in New York State — celebrates New York’s plastic-bag ban, which takes effect in March. “Math is such an abstract thing,” she said. “It’s hard to have an emotional impact with a statistic. We’re bringing that data to a wider public through art.”

Mr. Vettori, 48, traces the inspiration for “Arcadia” to 2017, when he took part in a Summit Series conference and attended a presentation by the environmentalist Paul Hawken, the editor of “Drawdown,” a book on global warming.

Mr. Vettori said he vowed not to take off the wrist band for admission to the series until he had created an environment that would lead people to take action on behalf of the earth. (He is still wearing it.)

As Mr. Vettori planned “Arcadia” with his two partners, Kyle Calian and Aparna Avasarala, he sought to create a sustainable space incorporating recycled material. The artists he enlisted include Etty Yaniv, whose ghostly looking sculptures in “Plastic Tsunami (Sirens)” consist of waste collected from Manhattan offices, and Cindy Pease Roe, whose “Gyres” installation incorporates objects she collected on Long Island beaches, among them soda bottles,

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