Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has recently installed a piece of the Vatnajokull Glacier in a gallery at the Museum of Modern Art. He believes most people are disconnected tfrom the effects pf climate change, and seeks to raise awareness by bringing a piece of Iceland to New York.
Sadly I am unable to visit the exhibit, however Rena Silverman's description allows me to imagine the exhibit.
"Entering the gallery is an awe inspiring expereince. (This is true in the heat of the summer). You are in the middle of a white frigid room, surrounded by several glaciers scattered around, seemingly at random. Each glacier has it's own tint, shape, and character. Some rhombic and upright, like stingrays. Colours range from pale blue to clear"
Eliasson states "These glaciers bear testimony to our history - being suspended and frozen for thousands of years and now they are melting away, as if our whole history is fading" Some pieces of are thought to be about 800 hundred years old"
He is known for creating work in which the viewer experinces being immersed in the art work. These are usually large scale sculptures and installations using elemental materials such as light, water and air tempretures to enhance the viewers expereince.
At the end of the exhibition in September,the glaciers "will do what they would have done withoput the exhibition weeks ago" states Eliasson, and will slowly dissolve.