To use art to draw attention to the climate crisis, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported a project called Ice Watch – a temporary public art installation created by artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing, which opened in two locations in London in December 2018. Eliasson and Rosing harvested blocks of ice from Greenland that had been melting into the ocean. These blocks were arranged in two circles, one outside of Bloomberg L.P.’s European headquarters and one outside of Tate Modern, where viewers saw the effects of climate change firsthand as the ice melted away. This installation was similar to an artwork, also by Eliasson and Rosing, installed in Paris in 2015 during the Paris climate talks.
Top photo: VA public art installation, “Ice Watch,” by artist Olafur Eliasson, sits in front of London’s Tate Modern as a reminder of the urgency of taking action on climate change.