Olafur Eliasson Brings Pieces of Actual Iceland Glacier to His EXPO 1 Exhibit at MoMA PS1 (PHOTOS)

by , 05/19/13

Olafur Eliasson, PS1, expo 1, glacier, Vatnajökull, installation, MoMa PS1, Art, Spring 2013, Ice, climate change, melting glaciers, melting ice caps, New York, Iceland

The oldest ice in the glacier is estimated to have originated some 800 years ago, around AD 1200, which sheds some light on the curious title of the piece. As PS1 puts it, “the physical experience of centuries-old ice from the glaciers of Eliasson’s native Iceland makes tangible a history that extends beyond the human life span—time that is measured in thousands of years rather than mere decades.”

This is not Eliasson’s first piece that engages the topic of  disappearing glaciers. He has previously photographed them (on multiple occasions). But while the immersive installation has powerful visual and conceptual components, Eliasson must have predicted that environmentally-conscious exhibition goers would offer criticism of his newest glacier project, which is kept cooled by the power-chugging refrigeration of the gallery space to maintain a temperature below freezing. How much of a statement is Elaisson really making when “Your waste of time” questions the impact of modern lifestyles on centuries-old nature, but offers no progressive action?

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  1. Carlos Viesca L. May 17, 2013 at 10:30 am
    The frivolity of the "artists" and its vane seek of self recognition. He turns his back to reality and indulges himself with receiving the spotlight without contributing to the enlightenment of human kind. Come on, this is vacuous pseudo-art that thrives only through the equally frivolous and undemanding crowd that cheers up. I invite Oulafur Eliasson to live his fancy studio in Manhattan and travel to Africa or the slums in Mexico City or Sao Paolo and reconnect with the true reality of Climate Change. There, if he's still a human being and not a hipster zombie, will find enough information and inspiration to produce true art. This is not creativity, this is a fat checkbook at the services of an idle man with a hint of what is trendy.
  2. User1 May 17, 2013 at 9:46 am
    What a waste of resources and time. It\\\'s on par with importing water from Fiji.