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January 13, 2019

Ice Watch London — Olafur Eliasson

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Last month the Scandinavian artist placed 24 large blocks of centuries-old ice, harvested from the Nuup Kangerlua fjord in Greenland, in a circle outside the Tate Modern in London, with another six on display in the City.

From the Guardian: "The purpose of the show was to bring the effects of climate change closer to home, putting people in direct contact with its effects so that they can feel — and even sniff and lick — the ice as it slowly melts away."

"Each ice block was fished out of the sea after it had broken away from the Greenland ice sheet, then transported in fridge containers to the U.K.

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The blocks, which weigh between 1.5 and 6 tons each, all had to be of a shape that is unlikely to break — when Ice Watch was on display in Copenhagen and Paris, the public were fond of scrambling up and sliding down the blocks."

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The show melted out of existence in late December.

January 13, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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