Artists melt massive Greenland ice chunks in climate protest
"We are now close to terminating the period of stable climate that served as the condition for civilisations to arise and flourish" - IceWatch artist
Two Europeans artists hauled 100 tonnes of inland ice from Greenland to the Danish capital of Copenhagen on Sunday, to protest the world's inaction on climate change.
The stunt is meant to draw attention to the UN's IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report on the Climate -- a leaked draft concludes the world's warming poses risks of "irreversible damage" to the global ecology within human lifetimes, according to news reports.
Installing inland ice from Greenland to City Hall Square in Copenhagen - photo by Anders Sune Berg
Olafaur Eliasson and Minik Rosing call their melting art installation "IceWatch."
"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," said Rosing in a statement.
"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 destabilize Earth’s climate, but now that we understand the mechanisms behind these changes, we have the power to prevent them from growing," he added.
Harvesting ice from Greenland -- photos by Group Greenland
Ice weight: 100 tonnes
Origin: The Nuup Kangerlua fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland
Transport: Collected by Royal Arctic Line divers and dockworkers, contracted by Group Greenland/ Greenland Glacier Ice, and shipped in four refrigerated containers on a container ship from Nuuk to Denmark.