December 4, 2015
Architecture Nature Society Visual arts

“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