An eye in the ice, growing larger as the ice melts. Crystal clear ice with trails of bubbles, opaque ice like hard packed snow. Slopes and fissures, hollows and caves, dazzling white and soft, sea blue.
Twelve, small icebergs, each distinct and different, harvested from the Nuup Kangerlua fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland and now beached by the Pantheon, in the heart of Paris.
This is Ice Watch Paris, an art work by Olafur Eliasson, with a clear environmental message; the arctic ice is melting. There are hard facts on the project’s website but the installation doesn’t just work on an intellectual level.
I’ve never looked into an iceberg before. Gazing into the ice, seeing the sunlight glint off strange patterns of frozen bubbles, watching a curving ice bridge melt towards collapse, makes arctic ice real and memorable.
‘As an artist I hope my works touch people, which in turn can make something that may have previously seemed quite abstract into 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, Artist
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