Ice Watch opens today on Bankside, outside TATE Modern, and in the City of London, outside Bloomberg’s European headquarters
11 December 2018 until the ice has melted
Follow the journey of the ice:


Ice Watch is now counting down in London – come and feel it!
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Come join me for Ice Watch at 9 am in front of @Tate Modern #Icewatchlondon…

Come join me and watch, feel, and listen to the ice tomorrow morning 9 am @tate Modern for Ice Watch! #icewatchlondon…

'I’ve learned from Archbishop Desmond Tutu to be a "prisoner of hope", a great expression that he uses. That means the glass may not be half full, but there’s something in the glass that you work on. Hope brings energy.’ – Mary Robinson

"Despair is the state we fall into when our imagination fails. When we have no stories that describe the present and guide the future, hope evaporates. Political failure is, in essence, a failure of imagination." - George Monbiot, Out of the Wreckage. @GeorgeMonbiot

Living Coral - colour of the year according to @pantone - "when it comes to most headlines these days the word "coral" doesn't often get the opportunity to be paired with living" #climatecontext…

Ice Watch is coming to London! #icewatchlondon
24 blocks of glacial ice will be arranged in a circular grove on Bankside outside TATE Modern, and six additional blocks outside Bloomberg's European headquarters. Follow the journey of the ice:

Once we call it by name, we can start having a real conversation about our priorities and values. Because the revolt against brutality begins with a revolt against the language that hides that brutality. 2/2 Rebecca Solnit

Many people have been commenting today to share their concerns about the carbon footprint of Ice Watch London. This question is absolutely worth asking. We think it is valid to hold cultural projects and institutions to a high standard, especially those addressing climate change head-on.

The fact is, everything we do – including everything we do to take on climate change – has a carbon footprint. Often we only think about this when it is explicitly addressed by the work, as in the case of Ice Watch, a work that is intended to raise awareness and inspire climate action, but this question needs to be asked about all activities – every government summit, business meeting, music concert, art exhibition, trade fair, and even google search. It needs to be part of our thinking as a society.

It is important for Olafur and for the Studio to have a clear picture of the environmental impact of bringing Ice Watch to London. That is why we have partnered with Julie's Bicycle (a sustainability charity for the arts sector) to calculate the project’s carbon footprint. While this report will not be completed until the end of the project, Julie’s Bicycle has estimated that Ice Watch will consume 35 tonnes of CO2e. That’s a lot, but to put it into perspective, it is the equivalent of flying 33 people roundtrip from London to Nuuk, Greenland, to visit the melting Greenland ice sheet for themselves.

So while we are very conscious that a project like this carries a non-negligible carbon footprint, it needs to be viewed in relation to the thousands, even millions of people who will be reached by it in London and around the world. Simply showing people films, photographs, and articles is important but not necessarily sufficient. People need to face the tangible consequences of their actions, need to be able to see and feel what we are losing. That experience is what we are bringing to millions of people in one of the decision-making centres of the world. After many years of traditional campaigning, we are now all looking at more direct, forceful, and experiential ways of encouraging people to stop, engage, think, and move towards taking action.

'It is clear that we have only a short period of time to limit the extreme effects of climate change. By enabling people to experience and actually touch the blocks of ice in this project, I hope we will connect people to their surroundings in a deeper way and inspire radical change. We must recognise that together we have the power to take individual actions and to push for systemic change. Let’s transform climate knowledge into climate action!' – Olafur Eliasson

Glacial currents, 2018 - watercolour, glacial ice and ink on paper

Ice Watch is coming to London! #icewatchlondon
24 blocks of glacial ice will be arranged in a circular grove on Bankside outside @tate, and six additional blocks outside Bloomberg's European headquarters @BloombergDotOrg
Follow the journey of the ice:

On the occasion of the launch of her new book, ‘Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future’, Mary Robinson joined us at the studio to discuss the motivation behind her passionate campaign for climate justice. Robinson served as the first female President of Ireland as well as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and she now fights to raise the voices of those most vulnerable to the consequences of climate change, particularly women in the Global South.