At Jens Galschiøts workshop we have just finished a model of a sculpture that will be used at the COP 21-climat conference in Paris, 2015. The sculpture will be 6 meters (20 feet) tall and stages a graph that explains the last 2015 years emissions of CO2. At the end of the graphs recent dramatic and sudden rise, 5 meters (16 feet) in the air, a polar bear is speared.
The sculpture appears almost tragicomically and one cannot help but smile, until one realizes the horrifying message of the sculpture.
We are well aware that this is an obscene climate sculpture. But maybe it is an obscene sculpture such as this that will get people off their hands.
Galschiøt hopes that the sculpture will leave an everlasting impression, where the audience will see and remember the steep graph of CO2 emission, and understand that the climate catastrophe is undeniably man made.
The steel graph starts at Jesus Christ birth at year 0 and continues along the ground for 17 meters (55 feet). At this point (around year 1750) the steam machine and coal starts to make an impact on society. After that the graph rises almost explosively until it ends in the year 2015, by spearing the giant polar bear.
The polar bear is real size around 3.5 meter (11.5 feet) and the 20 (65 feet) meters long steel graph, is based on the actual numbers and calculations on our emitted greenhouse gasses.
We hope to cooperate with environment movement, to get the sculpture erected in Paris for the climate summit. If you are connected to a relevant organization that wants to work with us, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Lasse Markus - Chief of communications, Gallery Galschiøt