Twelve icebergs from the waters off the coast of Greenland were shipped to Paris and setup in the form of a clock by in time for the 21st UN Conference on Climate Change in Paris. The art installation is a collaboration between Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and Danish geologist Minik Rosing. “The ice we are going to put in Paris is a tenth of what melts in a second in the Greenland summer” Ólafur told The Guardian.
The formation of a clock represents the passing of time, and time is personally one of the most fascinating concepts to think about. Really, it is. Then on top of it for me, icebergs melting away shows the urgency of creating real measures to battle climate change and adhering to them. When I went on December 6th or 7th, there were tons people- adults and children alike, marvelling and playing amdist the ice. Paris is a temperate climate; it's not like my home in New York, where snowstorms are the norm. It was cute to see people engaging with the installation.
Setup on December 5th, a few days after the start of the COP21, "Ice Watch was located outside of the Pantheon, a historical building that was originally a church but later served as a mausoleaum for distinguished French citizens. Innovative minds who had an effect on society. Some people who have been layed to rest there include:
Jean-Jaques Rousseau- his philosophy effected the Enlightment and the French Revolution. In 1754 Rousseau said "You are undone if you once forget that the fruits of the earth belong to us all, and the earth itself to nobody". This is a sentiment that rings true today, in particular to the environmental movement.
Voltaire- was famous for his wit and advocacy of freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and separation of church and state.
Jean Zay- The French State called for his execution, pointing to his anti-war poem of March 1924, Le Drapeau (The Flag).
Marie Curie- physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences.