This piece debuted in July of 2017, the same month that a Delaware-sized iceberg split from Antarctica. It is widely accepted within the scientific community that human activity has greatly contributed to climate change and the corresponding accelerated rate at which glaciers are receding.
Conceived of in 2014, Glaciers Will Not Be There took over three years to realize. In 2015 the artist took part in the Arctic Circle residency program, which is designed for artists wanting to do work in the far north.
This piece is very simple: viewers pass by the piece and glaciers collapse, whether they realize their actions caused it or not.
The footage is a combination of found video from YouTube and footage the artist acquired in the Arctic. Interestingly it turned out that finding video footage online is relatively easy, however finding clean audio of glaciers coming apart is virtually impossible. Fortunately, artist Ayo Yunyu Shih was intent on recording sounds from the Arctic and lent his work to this project.
The artist would like to thank Ayo Yunyu Shih for the kind use of his sound recordings, as well as these YouTube users and their videos: