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Photo Friday: Olafur Eliasson’s ice art installation in London

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Opening of Olafur Eliasson’s new piece ICE WATCH at Tate Modern, London. (source: Studio Olafur Eliasson

Icelandic-Danish artist Olafur Eliasson placed twenty-four blocks of glacier ice outside of the Tate Modern in London. He placed another six blocks outside the European headquarters of Bloomberg, also in London.

A visitor reacts to Eliasson’s installation. (Source: Studio Olafur Eliasson)
Workers loading an iceberg into a shipping container. (Source Studio Olafur Eliasson)

The installations, unveiled in December, are part of a series called Ice Watch, which Eliasson began in Copenhagen in 2014 at the release of IPCC’s fifth comprehensive report on the state of the world’s climate. He’s since continued his ice exhibitions outside of the Paris climate talks in 2015 and the most recent negotiations in Katowice, Poland.

Icebergs floating in Greenland

Eliasson says the goal of the installations is to create a public dialogue about climate change.

This feature was first published in GlacierHub, February 8, 2019.

Read more about the art and climate change on GlacierHub:

Artist Diane Burko Shows Us Our World, and It’s Vanishing

OMG: An Artist Flew Over the Greenland Icesheet

Listening to Glaciers Artfully

Scaling Quelccaya: Depicting Climate Change Through Art

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