In February of 2012, I went to Indonesia to create a new type of underwater sculpture. From the beginning of my arrival I searched for the material that my culminating sculpture would be made out of. The ones in the past were made of rebar and had to be to welded together. However since I'm a terrible welder and terrible perfectionist this time it just wouldn't do.
Needing to find something that was common, something that people had and might possibly donate I chose bikes. A totally cliche form for sculpture, but it’s cliche probably for a reason. I bought one to use as an example and then sought out locals, explaining the process while asking for old bicycles. Soon after I had gotten in total 5 bikes, three were from local kids, mine and one other from a nearby home-stay.
What follows is the story of this piece and it's creation.
A large ice installation commissioned by Greenpeace. Consisting of 100 life size sculptures of children hand carved from ice. The piece talked about global warming and its effect on China.
The sculptures were made symbolically from glacial melt water from the source of the Yangtze, Yellow and Ganges rivers. The melting sculptures marked the start of the 100-day countdown to the United Nations Copenhagen Climate Summit.
Glaciers in the Greater Himalayas region (including the Qinghai-Tibet plateau) provide 8.6 million cubic meters of fresh water annually to the continent. The region is home to the headwaters of the Yellow, Yangtze, Ganges, Brahmaputra, Mekong, Salween, and Indus rivers. As a result of the changing climate, the Himalayan glaciers are shrinking faster than those anywhere in the world. An IPCC (United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report indicates that if the world continues to warm at its current rate, 80 percent of the Himalayan glaciers will disappear within 30 years.