Vote for Your Favorite Environmental Initiative at Frieze Los Angeles 2024

Frieze Los Angeles is supporting three environmental causes: solar energy in sub-Saharan Africa, kelp forests in Santa Monica Bay and biodiversity in the Eastern Andes

in Frieze Los Angeles , News | 17 JAN 24

Frieze continues to champion global green projects at Frieze Los Angeles 2024. Via the eco fundraising platform Pinwheel, visitors to the fair and users of can vote for their favorite green initiative and donate themselves. Frieze pledges to match-fund all donations for projects up to £20,000.

Cast your vote below for one of the three shortlisted projects:

Kelp Restoration in Santa Monica Bay

The kelp forests off the southern California coast are some of the most diverse and productive ecosystems in the world. They provide habitat and food for more than 700 marine species, protect neighboring coastlines from erosion and pull in carbon dioxide from the ocean as they grow. The Bay Foundation deploys teams of scuba divers to restore these kelp forests. Within just a few months of their intervention, forests that have been lost for decades return to health.

Divers protect kelp forests in Santa Monica Bay
Divers protect kelp forests in Santa Monica Bay

Delivering Safe, Non-toxic Lighting to Sub-Saharan Africa

Nearly 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. This means that when the sun goes down, work and study must end. The only other option is to light kerosene lamps and paraffin candles, which emit toxic fumes into people’s lungs and the earth’s atmosphere. SolarAid is changing this, working to deliver clean, safe and affordable solar lights to rural communities across the continent. By selling rather than donating these solar lights, this social enterprise ensures that all users have customer rights if the products are faulty and trains members of the community as solar entrepreneurs and educators.

SolarAid enables study to continue after the sun has set

Conserving Biodiversity in the Eastern Andes

The foothills of the Eastern Andes in Ecuador are home to the mountain tapir, spectacled bear, bush dog, mountain paca and stumped tailed porcupine. These 53,375 acres of old-growth forest constitute a key biodiverse landscape that is under threat. In collaboration with Art to Acres, the funds raised will support local communities in conserving the lands on which they have historically lived and provide a clean drinking water source. This locally led conservation process has supported 32 million acres of protected land and 814,203,000 tonnes of underground carbon.

Art to Acres
The old-growth forest of the Eastern Andes


Together, Frieze and Pinwheel link up artists, audiences and organizations across the nonprofit and private sectors to support projects that help the environment. Find out more about Pinwheel on its website.

Frieze Los Angeles is at Santa Monica Airport, February 29–March 3, 2024.

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Main Image: The Bay Foundation