We just came back from a week holidays in Quebec, Canada: wilderness, snow, kindness and feeling of being home would synthesise this well needed break. We went in Montreal, Quebec City and 3 national parcs (Parc national de la Mauricie, Parc national de la Jacques-Cartier, Parc national du Mont-Tremblant), visits the Hotel des Glaces and meet some great people.
Designed by Brynjar Sigurðarson for PCM Design, these glacier-shaped candles will not take a long time to melt upon contact with heat. They have been developed in order to remind people that global warming is our problem and it’s still time to act. From Fubiz
Swedish designers Siri Bahlenberg and Sofia Bergfeldt have created a lampshade made of ice that slowly melts back into its mould so it can be re-frozen and used again. Encased in an angular block of ice, the Melt and Recreate lamp is illuminated using a combination of LED lights and fibre optics. The LEDs are suspended above the ice and the light that they emit is conducted through the solid mass by the fibre optics – making the potentially lethal combination of water and electricity safe. The light is diffused through the frozen water, giving off a dim glow that gradually becomes brighter as the melted ice drips away.
“In one way it’s a throwaway product because it disappears, but we keep the water so it can be remade,” Siri Bahlenberg and Sofia Bergfeldt told Dezeen. The LEDs and fibre optics are contained within an element that detaches from the metal fixture. This element sits on top of the mould so the water freezes around it, holding it in place. Once solid, the element and its icy shade are clipped back into the conical fixture and connected to the electricity supply.
The lamp’s original mould is placed below the pendant to collect the meltwater, ready to be reused.
“We wanted to create a relationship between the user and product,” said Bahlenberg and Bergfeldt. “For this lamp to have a continuing life, the product has to be reborn and you have to engage with it to make that work.”
“We want to awaken reflection and awareness about the consumption of everyday objects that often are taken for granted,” they added.
It takes 10 hours for the lamp to melt and another 10 hours for it to refreeze – and each casting is different. Depending on the ambient conditions, the ice may be clear or translucent. The dimensions of the plastic mould are designed to fit a standard-sized freezer. Bahlenberg and Bergfeldt designed the light to become a centrepiece for a room. “Just like enjoying a fireplace, the lamp brings a natural element to the home that creates a soothing environment, both visually and with the soft dripping sound,” they said.
Artist Olafur Eliasson and geologist Minik Rosing have made a visually striking contribution to the climate debate with ‘ice watch’ copenhagen city hall square
Olafur and Rosing are placing a monumental, 100 tonnes of inland ice collected from a fjord outside nuuk, greenland onto the danish city streets. the twelve large blocks of ice are to be displayed in the formation of a clock, serving as a physical wake-up call that temperatures are rising, the ice is melting and sea levels continue to rise. the project has been conceived to mark the publication of, and to draw attention to, the fifth assessment report of the UN intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC), which contains assessments of knowledge about climate change and its consequences.
‘today we have access to reliable data that shed light on what will happen and what can be done. let’s appreciate this unique opportunity – we, the world, must and can act now.’ eliasson and rosing say ‘let’s transform climate knowledge into climate action.’
‘as an artist, I am interested in how we give knowledge a body. what does a thought feel like, and how can felt knowledge encourage action? ice watch makes the climate challenges we are facing tangible. I hope that people will touch the inland ice on city hall square and be touched by it. perception and physical experience are cornerstones in art, and they may also function as tools for creating social change. we are all part of the ‘global we’; we must all work together to ensure a stable climate for future generations.’ — olafur eliasson
‘ice is a wonderful, peculiar substance. just as the progress of our civilizations has been tied to the coming and going of the ice ages, so, too, are our future destiny and the destiny of ice tied together. through our actions we are now close to terminating the period of stable climate that served as the condition for civilizations to arise and flourish. science and technology have made it possible for us to destabilise earth’s climate, but now that we understand the mechanisms behind these changes, we have the power to prevent them from growing.’ — minik rosing