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Portrait of a sculptor



A series of art installations displayed

on the occasion of the COP15 summit 7

- December 2009 in Copenhagen

SevenMeters.net is a manifestation that, using red blinking LED-light, is to symbolize that we are going towards a climate catastrophe. 7 meters is the height with which the water will rise if all the ice in Greenland melts due to global warming.

A series of art installations was displayed all over Copenhagen during the COP15:

1. The 7 meters line. 24 kilometers of red blinking LED-lights appeared at 7 meters height during UN's climate summit. The lights were hung up around the lakes in central Copenhagen and all around the venue of the COP15.

2. The Pulse of the Earth at the main entrance of COP15. A light-installation illuminates the concrete construction of the metro in a slowly pulsating red light. The light is projected onto the pillars and with the reflection from the water in the ditches a cathedral-like ambiance is generated. The pulsation of the light follows the geological ‘pulse’ of the earth itself.

3. Refugees in Water – at the Bella Center. A group of sculptures in human size are placed in the water ditches under the metro. They are illuminated with the pulsating red light.

4. The Messenger at the main entrance of the COP15. A 4 meters high bronze sculpture depicting ‘a messenger’ with a mythical radiation. The integrated light display count up the number of refugees that the climate changes create.

5. Freedom to Pollute’ on the Amager Fælled. A 6 meters high replica of the Statue of Liberty emitting smoke from the torch. It is placed on ‘the little mountain’ at the center of the area. It is strongly illuminated, so it can be seen from big parts of Amager and Copenhagen. The sculpture symbolizes the western world’s over consumption and our reluctance to change this.

6. Wandering Refugees on the area ‘Amager Fælled’ in front of the COP15 venue. The sculptures are 10 meters high with copper faces and long African women’s costumes in shrill colors. Put up on the savannah-like area they remind of female refugees in Sudan. The sculptures, illuminated by a strong white light, symbolize the 200 million climate refugees that are expected to come within the next 40 years.

7.  Balancing Acts (in front of the Parliament) are 10 statues balancing on 7-15 meter poles. They are made in connection with UN’s Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) in cooperation with Eco-net.dk.

8.  Survival of the Fattest (besides The Little Mermaid at Langelinje) A symbol of the rich world’s (i.e. the fat woman, ‘Justicia’) self-complacent ‘righteousness’. With a pair of scales in her hand, she sits on the back of starved African man (i.e. the third world), while pretending to do what is best for him.