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Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing. City Hall Square, Copenhagen. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

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Arterritory.com
27/10/2014

A project by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing marking the UN IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report on Climate Change

City Hall Square, Copenhagen
26–29 October, 2014

On Sunday, twelve large blocks of ice, collected from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland, arrived at Copenhagen’s City Hall Square. The ice, displayed in clock formation, is a physical wake-up call: Climate change is a fact. Temperatures are rising. The ice is melting. Sea levels are rising.

With Ice Watch, artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing have made a visually striking, haptic contribution to the climate debate. Their shared message: Today we have access to reliable data that shed light on what will happen and what can be done. Let’s appreciate this unique opportunity – we, the world, must and can act now. Let’s transform climate knowledge into climate action


Harvesting ice floating in Nuup Kangerlua, Greenland. Photo: Group Greenland


Harvesting ice floating in Nuup Kangerlua, Greenland. Photo: Group Greenland


Loading ice at Nuuk Port and Harbour, Greenland. Photo: Group Greenland

Olafur Eliasson: As an artist, I am interested in how we give knowledge a body. What does a thought feel like, and how can felt knowledge encourage action? Ice Watch makes the climate challenges we are facing tangible. I hope that people will touch the inland ice on City Hall Square and be touched by it. Perception and physical experience are cornerstones in art, and they may also function as tools for creating social change. We are all part of the ‘global we’; we must all work together to ensure a stable climate for future generations. 


Installing inland ice from Greenland. City Hall Square, Copenhagen. Photo: Anders Sune Berg


Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing. Photo: Anders Sune Berg


Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing. City Hall Square, Copenhagen. Photo: Anders Sune Berg


Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing. City Hall Square, Copenhagen. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

Minik Rosing: Ice is a wonderful, peculiar substance. Just as the progress of our civilisations has been tied to the coming and going of the ice ages, so, too, are our future destiny and the destiny of ice tied together. Through our actions we are now close to terminating the period of stable climate that served as the condition for civilisations to arise and flourish. Science and technology have made it possible for us to destabilise Earth’s climate, but now that we understand the mechanisms behind these changes, we have the power to prevent them from growing.

Ice Watch was conceived to mark the publication of the Fifth Assessment Report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and the event, accompanying its publication, hosted in Copenhagen from 27 to 31 October 2014. The IPCC report is based on scientific research by a global community of scientists and contains assessments of knowledge about climate change and its conse­quences. 


Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing. City Hall Square, Copenhagen. Photo: Anders Sune Berg

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