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Environmental artist's climate change-inspired works in West Palm Beach

Now that Hurricane Irma has come and gone, the Norton Museum of Art will reopen Friday, Sept. 15, with its new exhibit “Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene,” which tackles the effects of climate change and sea level rise on the environment.

The man behind these eco-minded artworks is New York-based artist Justin Brice Guariglia, who talked his way aboard a NASA mission across Greenland, shooting photographs of melting polar ice caps and glaciers through the drop window of a military transport plane.

Guariglia flew seven times with NASA in 2015 and 2016 as part of the agency’s Operation IceBridge, and his resulting 22 mixed-media paintings show landscapes changed by humankind: dying glaciers, the scars of strip mining and shifting Greenland ice sheets.

The works, which incorporate gold-leafed panels and aircraft-grade aluminum, are as massive as they are mysterious, with one canvas measuring 12-by-16 feet. The landscape "Arctic Ocean 1," for example, resembles a night sky speckled with stars. "Landscape Study II, Gold,” meanwhile, features a gold-leaf-covered topographical view of a large fissure along Greenland’s ice sheets.

When: Museum reopens Friday, Sept. 15; noon-5 p.m. Friday-Wednesday, noon-9 p.m. Thursday; through Jan. 7

Where: Norton Museum of Art, 1451 S. Olive Ave., West Palm Beach

Cost: Free

Contact: 561-832-5196 or Norton.org

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