Twenty-four melting icebergs have been placed in front of the Tate Modern museum in London. There until the end of the week, ‘Ice Watch’ is the latest work from Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing, with the installation acting as a reminder of global warming and rising sea levels.
Weighing between 1.5 and 5 tons each, the icebergs were fished out of a fjord in Greenland after detaching from an ice sheet. Now placed in central London outside the Tate Modern, the icebergs are melting, with water making its way across the Southbank pathway into the River Thames.
The Tate Modern say Eliasson and Rosing “hope many more people will understand the reality of climate change by experiencing ‘Ice Watch’ […] Although we may have seen photographs of the melting ice caps, we rarely have a physical experience of these conditions.”
Eliason is no stranger to tackling climate change. In 2015, the Icelandic-Danish artist put 12 giant blocks of glacial ice also harvested from a fjord in Greenland on a street in Paris as world leaders were about to sign the Paris climate agreement.
The ‘Ice Watch’ installation in London is completely free to see and will be open to the public until Thursday 20th December, so you’ll need to head down quickly if you want to catch a glimpse. A major exhibition of Eliasson’s artwork is also planned for the Tate Modern in July 2019.
During the summer a 20-metre-high floating installation was installed in the middle of Hyde Park’s Serpentine Lake. Named ‘The London Mastaba’, the Christo-designed sculpture is said to represent his and late wife Jeanne-Claude’s determination to make art free.