Olafur Eliasson brings icebergs to Paris to draw attention to issues around climate change
Olafur Eliasson, in collaboration with geologist Minik Rosing, has produced a major public artwork which is on display during this year’s UN Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris.
The blocks of ice have been collected from free floating icebergs in a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland, and transported to Paris where they are arranged in a clock-like formation in the Place du Panthéon. Meanwhile world leaders are in Paris at the UN COP21 summit in Paris to discuss how to ensure a stable climate for future generations.
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.
– Olafur Eliasson
Ice Watch is expected to be on display until the 11 December when the climate summit ends though this will be dependent on weather conditions not causing the ice to melt any sooner!
Visit www.icewatchparis.com for more information.