- December 4, 2015
“Today we have access to reliable data that sheds light on what will happen and what can be done,” said Olafur Eliasson. “Let’s appreciate this unique opportunity – we, the world, can and must act now. Let’s transform climate knowledge into climate action. As an artist I hope my works touch people, which in turn can make something that may have previously seemed quite abstract more a reality. Art has the ability to change our perceptions and perspectives on the world, and Ice Watch makes the climate challenges we are facing tangible. I hope it will inspire shared commitment to taking climate action.”
Harvested from free-floating blocks of ice, the work is arranged in a clock formation on the Place du Panthéon, while world leaders and their climate teams gather in Le Bourget, Paris to discuss how to ensure a stable climate for future generations. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and realised in partnership with creative sustainability charity Julie’s Bicycle, Ice Watch showcases 80 tonnes of ice from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland with the aim of inspiring public action against climate change.
See also #IceWatchCopenhagen