Block of Ice at Tate Modern

ARTIST: Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing

PHOTO: Studio Olafur Eliasson

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Immense blocks of ice, harvested as free-floating icebergs from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland, stood from 11 December 2018 in a grove of 24 blocks on Bankside, outside Tate Modern, and in a ring of 6 blocks in the City of London, outside Bloomberg’s European headquarters, until they melted away.


Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing.


Outside Tate Modern.

Olafur Eliasson

The artist, Olafur Eliasson, was raised in Holbæk. This project has not been initiated by the municipality of Holbæk, but it is relevant to the Land-Sea Art project as an example of how art, in a very physical and direct way, can put focus on political issues and the climate crisis.

Olafur with Ice block

ARTIST: Olafur Eliasson

PHOTO: Studio Olafur Eliasson

Political art

Art may have the answer to how to succeed in doing something about the climate issue.

Climate is an increasingly discussed topic in art and what art can do is to create some of the questions to go around and discuss in words.

Woman kneeling touching a large block of ice

ARTIST: Olafir Eliasson and Minik Rosing

PHOTO: Studio Olafur Eliasson

The interesting thing about this way of tackling the climate issue is that the large blocks that lay like sculptures disappeared before our eyes. One could touch them and listen to them, so it had sensuous, sculptural, and political dimensions.

Art can do something else; it can create sensual and tactile spaces. The sensations create other experiences than those of rational debating.

Karen Grøn, Director at Trapholt

Blocks of ice from Greenland

Each block of ice weighed between 1.5 and 6 tonnes. Fished out of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord, they had already been lost from the ice sheet and were melting into the ocean. The Greenland ice sheet loses 10,000 such blocks of ice a second throughout the year. Fishing these blocks of ice from the sea did not affect the quantity of ice in Greenland.

Ica blocks in front of Bloomberg in London

ARTIST: Olafur Eliasson

PHOTO: Studio Olafur Eliasson