Ice Watch


Non-digital art installation in a town square in London. 

Design concept

Twelve large blocks of ice cast off from the Greenland ice sheet are harvested from a fjord outside Nuuk and presented in a clock formation in a prominent public place. The work raises awareness of climate change by providing a direct and tangible experience of the reality of melting arctic ice. Ice Watch has been installed in two locations so far.

Experiential qualities and related concepts

calm, collaborative, embodiment, locative serendipity, organic, sociality, visibility.

Augmentation modality

Spatial, tactile, visual.

Technical options

Transportation of ice boulders from Greenland to England.

Prototyping techniques

Large scale experience prototyping.


Olafur Eliasson, 2014.
Ice Watch London.
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