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Haunting Sculptures Shaped Like Inuit Dog Sleds Call Attention to Climate Change

by , 11/09/11
filed under: Art, gallery



Cool(E)motion, floating icebergs, floating sculptures, inuit, dog sleds, greenland, climate change, phytoplankton, eco-art, eco-design, sustainable design, green design, Ap Verheggen, culture,

The Inuit have been running dog sleds across the vast white north to hunt and travel for hundreds of years, but climate change and shrinking ice puts that practice into serious jeopardy. The same man who is working on developing a solar-powered leaf that can create ice in water scarce deserts, Ap Verheggen wants to illicit an emotional response in the people who see images and videos of these evocative arctic sculptures – but not in a negative way.

Cool(E)motion sculptures are made from steel, cloth, driftwood, natural rocks, and other biodegradable materials. What can’t be salvaged when they drop into the ocean will become a new habitat or nourishment for coral, fish and phytoplankton. Ap and his team had great difficulty installing the sculptures because of harsh weather conditions, so they eventually resorted to using a helicopter. This is a beautiful project that is bound to tug at the heartstrings of even the biggest climate change skeptic.

+ Cool(E)motion

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