Olafur Eliasson's Ice Watch To Be Displayed At Place Du Pantheon, In Paris

Nov 30, 2015, 02:00 ET from Bloomberg Philanthropies

NEW YORK and PARIS, Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --


Acclaimed visual artist Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with distinguished geologist Minik Rosing will display Ice Watch during the UN Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris. Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and in partnership with creative sustainability charity Julie's Bicycle, the ice installation will showcase 80 tonnes of ice from a fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland with the aim of inspiring public action against climate change. During the conference, the ice will be allowed to melt in the square, offering the general public a glimpse at climate change on our planet. 


Public art has the potential to spur dialogue in unique ways around civic issues. Ice Watch is a core project of the initiative Artists4ParisClimate2015, which not only aims to mobilize public opinion around climate change, through interventions in public space by major international artists, but also inspire action for climate.


Place du Pantheon, 75005 Paris, France


Thursday, 3 December 2015      

8:30 a.m. launch

(Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing will be available for interviews)

Depending on weather conditions, Ice Watch is expected to be on view until 11 December, the last day of the conference.


For more information, visit www.icewatchparis.com – where you can also download press images – and follow the project on social media using #icewatchparis.
















Notes to editors:

Olafur Eliasson:

Well-known for his 2003 installation The weather project, at Tate Modern London, which was seen by over two million visitors, and for Contact, his recent exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's work spans from photography and film to sculpture, installation, and architecture. Established in 1995, his Berlin studio today numbers about 90 craftsmen, architects, and art historians.

Minik Thorleif Rosing:

Professor of geology at the Natural History Museum of Denmark at the Copenhagen University, he has participated in the geological exploration of Greenland and is world famous for having backdated the origin of life on Earth by several hundred million years.

Bloomberg Philanthropies:

Bloomberg Philanthropies' mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: public health, environment, education, government innovation and the arts. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving. In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies distributed $462 million, and it has a history of supporting creative and innovative public art. In 2014 alone, Bloomberg Philanthropies supported artist Tobias Rehberger's Dazzle Ship in London as part of 14-18 NOW, WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, and the Liverpool Biennial; We the People, Dahn Vo's multi-site exhibition in New York City, organised by Public Art Fund; and Doug and Mike Starn's Big Bambu installation in Jerusalem. This year it launched the Public Art Challenge, encouraging temporary public works of art in cities across the U.S. For more information, please visit www.bloomberg.org or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat: Bloombergdotorg and Twitter: @BloombergDotOrg.

Julie's Bicycle:

Julie's Bicycle is a London based global charity bridging the gap between environmental sustainability and the creative industries. Founded in 2007, its vision is a progressive, efficient and sustainable creative community. It works with over 1,000 arts organisations across the UK and internationally to measure, manage and reduce environmental impacts. Over the past two years, the charity has helped the arts save 16,784 tonnes of C02 emissions, equivalent to over £3 million. For more information go to www.juliesbicycle.com.

Press contacts:

Tara Mullins (tara.mullins@ogilvy.com, t: +1 646 520 6468)
Bloomberg Philanthropies: Lee Cochran (lee@bloomberg.org, t: +1 212 205 0378)
Studio Olafur Eliasson: Martin Enoch (martin.enoch@olafureliasson.net, t: +49 157 51556356)
Artist4ParisClimate2015: Emmanuelle Amiot (eamiot@entreprisecontemporaine.com), t: +33 1 39 95 22 86)

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