Visualizing Change: Melting Ice

Two of the biggest, The Natural World Museum, a.k.a. NWM partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme or UNEP made an innovative art exhibit featuring the masterpiece of several artists from different countries, which includes photographs, sculptures, paintings and video clips. The art exhibit captured a theme of Melting Ice, which deals with the change in the environment and the effect to people and other creatures as well as the alterations in the atmosphere when the snow melts.

Truly, the effect of Melting Ice is very alarming that it should not be taken for granted and requires a cause of action. More so, the Randy Rosenberg, Curator of this environmental change conveyed the phenomenon which is happening to the Arctic Ocean from the Andes. The event or artistic exhibition was first shown from June 5 to August 20, 2007 at Oslo, Norway, which continued spreading from October 2007 up to February of 2008 in Belgium. Another event happened on February 18, 2008 to March 16, 2008 at Brussels Bozar of Fine Arts then moved to Minaco and to the United States thereafter at the Field Museum from April 18 of 2008 which ended until September 6 of the same year.

Undeniably, the participants of the event contributed such an amazing campaign and movement for a change. Each artist had shared a thought provoking artistry of their own masterpiece in order to catch the minds of the participants envisioning the drastic change of the environment including the alterations which have a great effect to all living globally.

The event, “Melting Ice / A Hot Topic”, certainly is a challenge not only to the leaders of every State or Country. It is an individual and personal challenge to every human of how to preserve the environment. Climate change and the Melting Ice are categorically linked with one – caring less of our environment.
Let the campaign move from one State to another and even reaching to all countries all over the world.

Envisioning Change: Melting Ice / A Hot Topic

An exhibit featuring the masterpiece of 40 or more veteran and well-known artists from all over the world was done in commemoration of the 2007’s United Nations Worldwide Environmental Celebration. The presentation, from the key concept of Melting Ice, tackles the changes in the environment using a universal point-of view. The exhibit shows how the snow affects the environment when it melts. It also emphasizes
the changes or alterations in the atmosphere from any part of the globe that’s actuall happening.

With the thawing of snow affecting the people as well as other living creatures all over the world, Curator Randy Rosenberg imparts a speech with regards to this environmental change happening from Andes up to the Arctic Region.

The exhibit carrying the theme Melting Ice/ A Hot Topic encompasses the work of artists from 25 countries; it includes outstanding photographs, great sculptures, wonderful paintings, and multimedia displays, as well as several excellent art conceptualizations. It was initially displayed in Oslo, Norway at the Nobel Peace Center from June 5 to August 20, 2007 and then continued the tour to Belgium, from October 06, 2007 until January 06, 2008, at Brussels’ Bozar Center for Fine Arts. In February 18 until March 16, 2008 it has moved to Ministry of Culture in Monaco by www.handymoves.co.uk and then transferred to the United States’ Field Museum in April 18, 2008 where it lasted until September 06, 2008.

The list of participants who showed their exceptional skills were Mr. Robert Bateman of Canada, Mr. Martinis of Croatia, Mr. Alfio Bonano of Denmark, Mr. Selesnick and Mr. and Mrs. Jorge Orta of England, Cecilia Paredes of Peru, Angela Lergo from Spain, Jonas Liverod of Sweden, Ana Prvacki of Singapore, Der Merwe from South Africa, David Nash of Wales, David Trubridge of New Zealand, Icelandic Love Corporation
of Iceland, and Ms. Laura Horelli of Finland. Indian’s talent Subhankar Banerjee has also participated as well as Gilles Mingasson and Sebastian Copeland of France and Mona Hatoum of Lebanon. The UK participants include David Buckland, Gary Hume, and Siobhan Davies. Ichi Ikeda and Yoshiaki Kaihatsu from Japan were also included together with several artists from the United States like Andrea Polli, Chris Jordan,
Christo & Jeanne-Claude, Era and Don Farnsworth, Free Range Studio, Helen and Newton Harrison, Jacob McKean, Justin Young, Margaret Cogswell, Sant Khalsa, Shana and Robert Parke-Harrison, David and Hi-Jin Hodge, Theo Wujcik, and Xavier Cortada.

Participants from Norway include Anne Senstad, Fred Ivar Ultsi Klemetsen, Sveln Flygari Johansen, and Sven Påhlsson. Even her majesty Queen Sonja Haraldsen of Norway, as an avid supporter of campaigns for environment protection has contributed two excellent and imaginative photographs that were included in the exhibit.

The show was largely supported by the several leaders in the industry including Norwegian Ministry of Environment and Autodesk Incorporated.

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Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the (Carbon) Habit World Environment Day 2008

In honour of the annual United Nations World Environment Day (WED) celebrations on 5 June, the Natural World Museum, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Te Papa are pleased to present Moving Towards a Balanced Earth: Kick the Carbon Habit in partnership with the Ministry for the Environment and the New Zealand Government.

For the 2008 World Environment Day, UNEP continues to explore and address the theme of climate change, with an emphasis on moving toward a low carbon economy. Background: The Earth maintains a natural carbon balance. Under normal conditions, the system gradually corrects imbalances and returns to a balanced state. However the rate at which humans are now burning fossil fuels, introducing excesses of carbon into the atmosphere, has surpassed Earth’s ability to maintain balance. As a result, the Earth’s climate has begun to experience massive change.

Nature strives for balance. Carbon balance is one part of nature’s process to maintain stases. Humans, collectively and individually, also strive for balance.

What does it mean to be in balance as individuals and communities? What is the connection between the Earth’s imbalance and our imbalance as a species? Can nature serve as a model and mentor for discovering a way of living in balance, for coming into a state of equilibrium? The excess of atmospheric carbon is just one symptom of our environmental problems; water and air pollution, toxic waste—all of these are also symptoms of imbalance. The symptoms are expressed on both planetary and personal levels. Other species may adapt or become extinct. How will humans adapt?

Participating Artists:
AES & F Group – Russia, Ken Aptekar – USA, Lise Bjorne – Norway, Lien Botha – South Africa, Antonio Briceno – Venezuela, Enrique Martinez Celaya – Cuba, Alison Clouston – New Zealand, Shane Cotton – New Zealand, Bill Culbert and Ralph Hotere – New Zealand, Geoff Dixon – New Zealand, Chris Drury – UK, Mounir Fatmi – Morocco, Peter Fend – USA, Isa Genzken – Germany, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov – Russia, Walangari Karntawarra – Australia, Ik-Joong Kang – Korea, Gabriela Morawetz – Poland, Susan Norrie – Australia, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba – Vietnam, Susan Plum – Mexico, Ken Rinaldo & Amy Youngs – USA, Alexis Rockman – USA, Harriet Russell – UK, Soledad Salame – Chile, Lars Siltberg – Sweden, Cyprien Tokoudagba – Benin, Bill Viola – USA