The first carbon neutral artwork at the Venice Biennale
Diplomazija astuta, by Arcangelo Sassolino, is a work that re-imagines ‘The Beheading of St John the Baptist’ – a fundamental altarpiece created by Caravaggio – as an immersive sculptural installation that superimposes the biblical narrative, created for the 59. International Art Exhibition, la Biennale di Venezia (23 April – 27 November 2022) for the Malta Pavilion.
Diplomazija Astuta is also special in its being responsible: for the first time, a work of art applies a voluntary international standard (ISO 14067:2018*) and certifies the CO2 equivalent emissions produced during its construction and set-up through third-party verification, then offsets these emissions through a forest protection project.
It is the world’s first carbon-neutral work of art: a voluntary international standard (ISO 14067:2018*) was applied to its construction, and the CO2 equivalent emissions produced during its construction and erection were certified. After identifying how to reduce the impact, the remaining emissions were offset by financing the Ntakata Mountains forest protection project in Tanzania, which combines biodiversity protection with development opportunities and protection of land management rights for local communities.
“”Art has the extraordinary ability to bring us closer to nature and convey the value of environmental protection through emotion and suggestion. This is why we are proud to have collaborated on the carbon neutrality of the work.”
Andrea Maggiani (Founder e Managing Director Carbonsink)