Gallery: ICE PENGUINS by 50graus/50degrees


The discourse on global warming at is delivered in poignant actions, words and visual communication about our fears, understanding and hopes for the planet. One installation is such an eloquent voice in the effort to draw awareness to climate change that we, like many others, had to stop and take notice. Ice Penguins is an engaging display of one of the icons of a changing world. These frozen counterparts of the seabirds that have captured the attention of concerned global citizens were placed in a public square in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to alert people to global warming.

Scientists have estimated that the population of Antarctic emperor penguins has declined by 50 percent over the past 50 years. Increased air and sea temperatures have reduced Antartic sea ice resulting in reduced population in krill, one of the emperor penguin’s primary food sources. While ecosystem health factors many variables, a warming climate is the primary cause for the decline of this species.

The Ice Penguins of Sao Paulo evoke this scenario in a tangible setting. Quietly posed with the endearing mannerisms of emperor penguins, these small portents of global climate cause and effect make the plight of the Antarctic emperor penguin clear – as their habitat warms they will disappear.



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  1. I guess you could call ... March 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    […] Global Warming This first one comes courtesy of Inhabitat by Ali Kriscenski and is entitled “Ice Penguins by 50graus/50degrees”.  It’s purpose is to make a point on global warming and the decline of the Emperor Penguins. […]

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  3. loonyworld March 16, 2008 at 11:24 am

    VERY nice ! 😀 … 10 points for guerilla tactics ! 😀
    (how long did they last ?)

  4. loonyworld March 16, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Take only photos – leave only footprints 😀

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  6. Onn March 4, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    Absolutely compelling! What a display. Most ppl need visuals and this is one distinct way to arouse awareness. I think more public and community squares should catch on to this and display similiar messages with ice sculptures such as this.

  7. usacarroll March 4, 2008 at 8:48 am

    reduce your carbon footprint. it’s that sipmle.
    meanwhile this is a beautiful, poignant installation.

  8. Bhavna March 4, 2008 at 12:48 am

    Such a thoughtful installation! I do hope that countries around the world wake up to the peril of global warming and work collaboratively to bring about a change. The climate change around the world in the last year or two is an ealy warning sign.

  9. M2JL March 4, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Very clever. I like this idea.

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