The Paris climate conference being underway, artists have gathered in the city in order to use their art to make people more aware about the current situation of our planet. The ‘Ice-Watch’ art installation hopes to bring awareness regarding climate change in the northern regions of our planet, by having 12 massive chunks of ice arranged in the shape of a clock face.
This installation was created by the famous visual artists named Olafur Eliasson, who has already created a couple of similar art projects. Some of the more famous art installations he has been a part of are the waterfalls built in New York almost seven years ago as well as the artificial sky carefully created inside the Tate Modern Gallery of London back in 2003.
The ‘Ice-Watch’ was developed with the help of the Danish geologist Minif Thorleif Rosing, and consists of 12 ice blocks fished out of the Greenland sea in the vicinity of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord. Each block weighs over a couple of tons and was brought to the spot facing the Pantheon building in Paris this Thursday, December 3rd.
After being arranged in the shape of a watch, the blocks were left to melt in order to symbolize the melting of the ice caps in the northern regions of Europe due to global warming and increased temperatures around the globe.
A similar art exhibit has already been created by the same artist back in 2013 when Olafur Eliasson hauled over 100 tons of ice in front of the Copenhagen city hall in Denmark. The purpose of that installation was climate change as well, because of the fact that the ice came from the sea after being dislodged from a massive icecap.
The ‘Ice-Watch’ will eventually melt, and if the weather conditions remain stable, it will do so by the time the conference has ended on December 11th. This project is a part of a worldwide art movement called “Art4ParisClimate2015” which encompasses numerous contemporary artists from around the world. This movement has the same goal as the ‘Ice-Watch’ itself, the goal to educate and inform people in a more visual manner of the state in which the climate currently is, as well as the threats it faces in our time.
Because art has such a wide range of influence, the ice-based installation as well as other art creations created by the “Art4ParisClimate2015” movement, the public masses will more than likely start to understand how exactly climate change works and how they can prevent it, or at least be open to discussions pertaining to the subject.
Through the creation of the ‘Ice-Watch’ art installation which hopes to bring awareness regarding climate change and other artistic creations, this conference may very well be a success, at least from an awareness point of view. As the conference proceeds, more installations similar to the ‘Ice-Watch’ may start to appear as well.