24 ice blocks are melting in London to highlight global warming

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Twenty-four iceberg shards have been shipped in from a fjord in Greenland and placed in front of the Tate Modern museum in London.

Scandinavian artist Olafur Eliasson has partnered with geologist Minik Rosing for the “Ice Watch Installation” to showcase the effects of climate change.

Tate Modern Museum says the two dozen ice shards, which weighed between 1.5 and 5 tons upon instalment, were taken from a fjord in Greenland after separating from an ice sheet.

The showcase, held in Central London, is a reminder to the public about the effects of global warming, as Londoners watch the ice bergs melt away before their eyes.

Eliasson has focused on climate change in many of his previous showcases, having placed 12 blocks of glacial ice on a street in Paris- just as world leaders were due to sign the Paris climate agreement.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg took a trip to the installation on Tuesday shortly after its reveal. Bloomberg Philanthropies, his organization, supported the project.

"Public art reminds us that it's possible to think differently and boldly," Bloomberg tweeted on Tuesday, adding he hopes the project inspires "new action on climate."

 

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