Wayne Binitie: Ice Floor
When | Where
25 November 2019 – 14 February 2020
Monday to Friday
9am to 6pm
Closed 23 Dec 19 - 2 Jan 2020
8 Fitzroy Street
Arup presents Ice Floor, a new Phase 2 commission about climate change that has been developed by UK born artist Wayne Binitie in collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey, a world leading centre for polar science.
Since 1979 summer sea-ice extent in the Arctic has reduced at 10% per decade. Some major glaciers that drain the Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets have accelerated by as much as 50%, adding to sea level rise.
© Wayne Binitie
The installation explores the vulnerability of these regions to global warming and how they are subject to conditions like ‘calving’ (large chunks of ice breaking away at random moments).
Deep ice cores from the polar regions have revealed more about the link between climate change and the atmosphere than any other scientific technique. In a cold room, specially created for the exhibition, slices taken from Antarctic ice cores appear to float on a solid ice floor.
The exhibition has been made possible through collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey and the kind support of ISOVER.
About Phase 2
Phase 2 is a programme of exhibitions and events at Arup that explores the intersection between art, design and engineering.