At the UN summit in Paris 2015, the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson set out a block of glacier ice that slowly melted in a piece called “Ice Watch”. Ice Watch is a large-scale intervention in public space that seeks to communicate the urgency of climate change and raise awareness for global action. The work was made out of twelve large blocks of glacial ice. The ice blocks were harvested from the waters near Greenland and presented in a clock formation. The aim is to, in a public space, provide a direct and tangible experience of the reality of melting Arctic ice.
In 2019, Olafur Eliasson’s works has been exhibited at the Tate Modern. With an indoor rainbow and a manufactured water- fall, he asks if nature is constructed by man – does it even exist any more?