Press release, 3 December 2009,
about the COP15
Red alarm in Copenhagen
of red LED lamps will mark a 7-meters water rising during the COP15 climate
summit. The art happening Sevenmeters.net is a visualisation by Jens Galschiot,
Galschiot and his
volunteers, armed with long ladders, will this Saturday and Sunday hang up the LED
lamps. They will start by the three big
'refugees' on Vejlands Allé
The artist, who is
well-known for his poignant - yet audience-friendly, art manifestations, got the permission to put
up all of the blinking lights in a
With the happening
Galschiot will visualise, that when the water rises and drought expands, there will be
many places where people no longer will be able to stay. For example the isle
of Amager, where the Climate Summit is held, will be
”With this manifestation I will highlight the climate crisis, and the fact, that it is not only a problem for the polar bears and the nature. The global warming may be a catastrophe for humanity. UN says that over 200 million refugees will be a reality in the next 40 years.
The refugees will trigger a giant demographic crisis, with risks of closing the national borders and beginning an ‘all against all fight, to protect our territory against the refugees, which our own CO2 leak has created. A frightening scenario that will put our humanistic and democratic civilisation under intense pressure, so that war and rise of totalitarian systems might be the consequence. This is the legacy that we will leave to our children!” Galschiot says.
At the venue of the climate summit there will also be red blinking LED lamps. Small badges will be given to the delegates, so they can use them as a silent indicator about how seriously they take the climate crisis.
SevenMeters art events (can be seen November 13 – December 19)
The mounting of the LED lamps is a part of SevenMeters.net by Jens Galschiot. His art installations highlight the climate issue from different angles, in cooperation with different players, such as peoplesclimateaction.dk and Illumenarts.dk. Especially focus is put on the consequences for the people on earth and the impact of the demographic changes for our society.
** The pulse of the earth (by Bella Centre
metro station, the entrance to COP15). The 4½ high sculpture ’The Messenger’ counts the new climate refugees on a
display, while the water graves under the metro are filled with human sized
‘Hunger Boys’. The entire installation and the actual metro are covered in red,
pulsating LED-light, which follows the geological ‘pulse’ of the earth and is
to Pollute’ (The big hill at Amager Fælled). A
**Wandering Refugees (by Bella centre) are three
**‘Survival of the Fattest’ (in the water next to The little Mermaid). The sculpture confronts ‘The little Mermaid and the Danish self-perception with the goddess of justice of the real world.
**‘Balancing Act’ (at the Christiansborg palace square and
other places) is 10 statues, each balancing on 7-
**7 meters line in
The sculptor Jens Galschiot (DK) is the initiator of SevenMeters.net. Galschiot is renowned for plenty of thought-provoking international art manifestations focusing on global issues:
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*Photos (free) of the SevenMeters art-events: http://SevenMeters.net/links/6/
*Professional documentary of Jens Galschiot’s art manifestations: Niller Madsen, Tel. +45 40 215 415, www.osrtv.dk