Moths created by people around the world to form installation at COP26

People across the world responded to a call to create moths for an installation which represent a creative call for urgent action at COP26.

20,000 hand-crafted moths are being strung together to create an immersive display for the UN climate change conference.

As visitors walk through the installation at Glasgow Botanic Gardens, they will hear whispers of hope and encouragement recorded by people who want their voices to be heard.



Participants from Devon to Australia have created moths and recorded their messages as part of the project. ‘Moths to a Flame’ is run by the Devon-based Art and Energy Collective in partnership with Plymouth Energy Community. 

Chloe Uden, one of the project organisers said:
“We wanted to invite people to make a creative response to the climate emergency, and to develop the skills we need to imagine and create a better future. This project enables people to connect, to respond creatively, to show they care, and to have their voices heard.

“What started as a small local project seems to have really captured people’s imagination and we’ve now received moths from Australia, Norway, Nigeria and other countries. 

“We want people to feel invited to be part of the conversation about climate change, which is a difficult conversation to have. We’re all responsible, but we don’t want to judge people; we want to encourage them to think creatively about how they can help to bring about change. The installation will be a representation of our gathering, a demonstration of our feelings.

“This is an important moment in time for a cultural response. In a state of emergency, our thinking can become narrowed and limited. This is an opportunity for us to show that culture can not only be part of the response to the climate emergency, but also part of the potential solution. Creative thinking can help us to imagine things that haven’t happened before, to create a new future.”

The moths have been created during a series of in-person and online events. At the events, participants have learnt about moths, ecology and energy as well as sharing creative ideas to make a moth and record their message to world leaders.

The moths are made from reused plastic milk bottles and decorated with all sorts of patterns. They will be hung from the trees in the Botanic Gardens to create an immersive experience when world leaders and other visitors walk through the installation. Visitors will hear messages of hope, encouragement, feelings and concerns. 

The Moths to a Flame installation will be at Glasgow Botanic Gardens during COP26 from 1 to 12 November.

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