The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) has inspired a number to artists to create works that highlight climate change. From bus stop ‘ads’ to graffiti and murals, artists are capitalizing on the spotlight already in Paris.
A new, temporary-in-nature public installation by Olafur Eliasson, a Danish-Icelandic artist was delivered recently in the plaza of the city’s Panthéon. Working with geologist, Minik Rosing, they have installed Ice Watch Paris. There are 12 chunks of glacial ice, the total weight of the works comes in at greater than 80 tons.
They have transported 12 chunks of glacial ice that had broken off from Greenland’s Nuuk Fjord due to rising global temperatures, across great distance and at great expense, they have been left to melt in the heart of France’s capital.
Paris with the rest of the world, continues to grieve the recent terrorist attacks, and this work seems to poetically mirror the human tears with water as the ice slowly melts in the streets.