The Central image of this poster comes from one of John August Swanson’s earliest sgraffito paintings, completed in 1969. A sgraffito is a crayon painting made by placing down many different colored layers of crayon, and then scratching through those layers to reveal a different colors, depending on how deeply the surface is scratched.
After reading Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, and articles on the dangers of Climate Change, Swanson revisited the story of Noah’s Ark in 2016. He wanted to underline the connections between the messages of environmental protection that come from science, religion, and ethics. The text in the poster is taken from Pope Francis, and from Kevin J. O’Brien’s book, An Ethics of Biodiversity.