Jonas Wood (b. 1977), Japanese Garden 3, Painted in 2019. Oil on canvas. 88 x 98 in. (223.5 x 248.9 cm.) Sold for USD 4,928,500 on 15 May 2019 at Christie’s New York in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale
Japanese Garden 3 by Jonas Wood was sold to create and fund a future National Park and will conserve one of the wettest tropical forests in the Americas. Art to Acres, an artist-directed initiative partnering with Christie’s, is guiding this art and conservation project. The sale of the painting will leverage matching funds totaling 400% from Global Wildlife Conservation and Rainforest Trust. These funds will go 100% to land conservation and the protection of Earth’s biodiversity. Conserving intact tropical forests is one of the leading ways to maintain the planet’s ability to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and slow down climate change. This painting of about 60 square feet will conserve approximately 600,000 acres, twice the size of greater Los Angeles, where the artist’s studio is located.
Art and conservation go hand-in-hand as both engage legacy and permanence, existing to benefit future generations. By engaging decisive action from an artistic platform toward land conservation, Art to Acres reaches a broad audience and has a powerful impact on this critical cause.
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