Patti Harris: On Climate Change, COP21 and Public Art

Patti Harris: On Climate Change, COP21 and Public Art

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Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 7:00am

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Originally posted on The Huffington Post

By Patricia Harris - CEO of Bloomberg Philanthropies 

World leaders, environment experts and delegates from around the globe are convening in Paris for COP21, the U.N.'s climate summit. Meanwhile, in the center of the city at Place du Panthéon, the public has the chance to encounter Ice Watch, a work by acclaimed artist Olafur Eliasson and scientist Minik Rosing, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Ice Watch consists of 80 tons of free-floating blocks of ice from Greenland, arranged in a clock formation. Remaining in the public square the ice melts, visually representing the climate change taking place on our planet. In a release about the art work, Eliasson said, "Art has the ability to change our perceptions and perspectives on the world, and Ice Watch makes the climate challenges we are facing tangible."

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