28 October 2014

Ice Watch

To visualize global warming, artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing have transported 100 tonnes of ice, in twelve blocks, all the way from Greenland. They have been positioned like a large Ice Watch, in the middle of Town Hall Square, representing the exact amount of ice melting every second, at the moment. Wake up and smell the urgency, someone.

Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson

The blocks were put in place on Sunday, but the earliest I could make it was the next day, and already so much was gone. In part melted away, but equally trashed by kids, kicking off pieces and crushing the bits. I get the climbing and touching and even licking part, but breaking off the ice in large chunks? In a way that kind of says it all, doesn’t it? Humans.

Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson

Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson is quoted saying he hopes this will make climate change real to the spectator, and I want him to be right, but mostly it just seemed like the scene of a party. Apart from the angry, yelling lady of course (one guess who, ha).

Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson

City Hall and Dannebrog in melted ice.

Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson
 Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson

Ugh!

The Ice Watch brings back the image of Trude the polar bear, carved from a large block of arctic ice by Norwegian artist Olaf Storø. The magnificent animal was on display in Copenhagen during the COP15 climate assembly fiasco, equally left to melt away. To me that message was more powerful than the Ice Watch, but then I am a sucker for things with a face.

Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson

Bright lights from the commercial wall, breaking through the abducted ice, so far away from home. It makes me want to protect it, somehow. Maybe that is how we are supposed to feel? Does it work the same for you?

Links:
The three stages of Trude the arctic polar bear, part one, part two, part three.


3 comments:

  1. Nothing worse than when The Angry Yelling Lady shows up and spoils everybody's fun.

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    1. Hahaha I know, the kids were kind of shell shocked for all of one minute, before going back to destroying the ice. AAAAAARRRHHH!

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  2. Wow... that IS pretty powerful!

    Hahaha re: the Angry Yelling Lady comment... One day they will get it- I hope ;)

    xox to you!

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