Launched in 2015 ahead of the COP21, Maskbook is the first participatory, artistic and citizen action project addressing the existing link between health, air pollution and climate change.
International work of art, Maskbook raises awareness and mobilizes people for the environment, using the mask as a symbol.
Through Maskbook, the anti-pollution (or dust) mask, the symbol for pollution, is transformed into a symbol for solutions.
Everyone is invited to create a mask in a creative and ecological way, either via DIY or digital creation. The best masked portraits become a part of the international portrait gallery on maskbook.org and may even be exhibited the at cultural and ecological events world-wide.
Maskbook’s action is five-part. The actions consists of: mask-creation workshops, exhibitions, international portrait gallery, mobile app (available on the Apple Store and Google Play) and Masktrotter.
The maskbook.org site was launched in the fall of 2015 before the COP21. Today, it brings together over 1500 masked portraits from 30 different countries.
Many artists, environmentally-engaged celebrities, architects, designers, stylists, creators, inventors, DIY and upcyclying gurus, have already participated in the Maskbook project, such as the French minister of Ecology Nicolas Hulot, the artist Lucy Orta, the climatologist Valérie Masson-Delmose or the Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
An Action Based on Individual and Collective Creativity
Maskbook mobilizes the creativity of citizens and empowers all participants to act for the environment and effect change.
Maskbook is a showcase of solutions in face of the environmental crisis. Through Maskbook, citizens of world contribute their unique, uplifting and engaged message for the environment.
With Maskbook, participants gain experience in DIY creations, get involved in the circular economy (by working with upcycled and cast-off materials) and contribute their own artisanal (sewing, embroidery, woodwork), technological (3D printers or graphic design), or artistic skills (painting, sculpting). All creative, innovative and eco-responsible methods of creation are part of the project.