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10 January 2017

Ice Watch Paris: Combat climate change

Climate change

Greenland Perspective professor Minik Rosing has joined forces with artist Olafur Eliasson. Together they created an art project consisting of twelve Greenlandic ice blocks in a clock formation; a melting watch to remind us all of the consequences of climate change. The project has been displayed in Copehagen and in Paris as a comment to the UN Climate Conferences. Studio Olafur Eliasson has produced two videos of the installation. Watch interactions with the ice below.

80 tonnes of ice were brought to Paris during COP21 in December 2015. The ice was arranged in a circular formation like numbers on a clock, forming a giant - melting - watch.

The ice blocks were harvested from the fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland. The purpose of Ice Watch is to make people aware of climate change and prompt them to take action. The installation raised the question: how do we respond to climate change? The ice is melting. The clock is ticking.

Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing working on Ice Watch.

"As an artist I hope my works touch people, which in turn can make something that may have previously seemed quite abstract into reality. Art has the ability to change our perceptions and perspectives on the world and Ice Watch makes the climate challenges we are facing tangible. I hope it will inspire shared commitment to taking climate action" says artist Olafur Eliasson about the installation. 

Watch the video 'Encounters with Ice Watch, Place du Panthéon' below featuring dancers from Paris Opera Ballet and Company Wayne McGregor. 

Watch the video on how the ice watch was created and on Olafur and Minik's message on climate change here: 

A gallery of pictures of Ice Watch can be found here

In 2014 Ice Watch was exhibited at the city hall square in Copenhagen.