Saturday, January 4, 2014

A Message from the Vitruvian Man:

In the summer of 2011, in the remote area of the Arctic Ocean, between Greenland and Norway’s Svalbard Islands, a huge piece of ice was used as a canvas by John Quigley, an artist form Los Angeles. He and his volunteer assistants traveled to the Fram Strait on board the Greenpeace icebreaker Arctic Sunrise to construct a giant copy of Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous drawing – the “Vitruvian Man.”

The “Melting Vitruvian Man”, as it was called by the artist, half submerged in the warming waters of the Arctic Ocean, resembled a drowning man slowly disappearing into the depths of the ocean. The installation, covering an area the size of four Olympic swimming pools, was created with recycled copper strips, and was on display only for a day. The goal of the project was to deliver an urgent message to the world. “We came here to create the “Melting Vitruvian Man” after Da Vinci’s famous sketch of the human body, because climate change is literally eating into the body of our civilization,” explained Quigley.

See the entirety of his message, here:

Image Credit: Nick Cobbing/Greenpeace

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