The countdown of Olafur Eliasson

Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing
Supported by Bloomberg
Installation: Bankside, outside Tate Modern, 2018
Photo: Justin Sutcliffe
© 2018 Olafur Eliasson

Ice Watch, a major public art installation created by internationally acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and award-winning geologist Minik Rosing highlighting the impact of climate change, was launched today. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the installation is in two parts: 24 blocks are arranged in a circular formation on Bankside outside Tate Modern – where a major exhibition of Eliasson’s work will open in July 2019 – and six blocks are on display in the heart of the City of London outside Bloomberg’s European headquarters.

Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing
Supported by Bloomberg
Installation: Bankside, outside Tate Modern, 2018
Photo: Justin Sutcliffe
© 2018 Olafur Eliasson

The blocks of ice were sourced from the waters of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord in Greenland, where they were melting into the ocean after having been lost from the ice sheet. As the ice gradually thaws, members of the public will have an opportunity to encounter the tangible effects of climate change by seeing and feeling the ice melt away. Depending on weather conditions, Ice Watch is expected to be on view in London until 21 December 2018. Any remaining ice will then be taken to local community and cultural institutions as part of an extended educational programme.

Harvesting ice floating in Nuup Kangerlua, Greenland, for Ice Watch in
Paris, 2015
Photo: Jørgen Chemnitz
© 2015 Olafur Eliasson

Ice Watch has been launched to coincide with a meeting of world leaders at the COP24 climate change conference in Katowice, Poland, which follows the landmark report published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on 8 October 2018, warning that we have only 12 years to limit the worst effects of climate change.
For more information and images visit: icewatchlondon.com and follow on social media using #IceWatchLondon.

Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing
Supported by Bloomberg
Installation: City of London, outside Bloomberg’s European headquarters, 2018
Photo: Charlie Forgham-Bailey
© 2018 Olafur Eliasson
Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing
Supported by Bloomberg
Installation: City of London, outside Bloomberg’s European headquarters, 2018
Photo: Charlie Forgham-Bailey
© 2018 Olafur Eliasson
Ice Watch by Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing
Supported by Bloomberg
Installation: Bankside, outside Tate Modern, 2018
Photo: Justin Sutcliffe
© 2018 Olafur Eliasson