Thursday, 19 May 2011

Virtual Arctic Installation in London

United Visual Artists has teamed up with London’s National Maritime Museum to create High Arctic - a gigantic exhibition that will give visitors a taste of what it’s like to travel to the Arctic.

Inspired by a trip to Svalbard, research for the installation involved sailing on the Noorderlicht, a 100-year-old Dutch schooner, with climate scientists, artists poets and musicians say: “the aim is to inspire a cultural response to the climate challenge and engage artists as catalysts to provoke cultural shift toward a more sustainable society”.

Exhibiting in London’s National Maritime Museum, 3,000 white pillars will echo the shapes of the glaciers of the Arctic, with columns of “ice” made out of MDF or a specially coated polystyrene.

The piece is set in 2111, reflecting on the fate of lost glaciers, and is accompanied by a narrative poem, which contemplates the history and future of the landscape.

High Arctic will be on display at the National Maritime Museum in London this summer.

You can take a closer look in Wired UK’s High Arctic image gallery.
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