Artist sets up fat lady by the Danish national symbol ‘The little Mermaid’ during COP15, Climate conference.
Until after the climate conference (COP15) the sculpture will be standing in order to confront and go into dialogue with the many tourists and participants of the conference who will be walking by ‘The little Mermaid’ during the period. They will get something to think about.
The sculpture ’Survival of the Fattest’ represents an overweighed Justitia figurine which is sitting on the back of a thin worn-out African man, who stands under water from his hips and down. “.
It is a symbol of
the double-standard and self-righteousness of the rich world. With
her scales in her hand she is sitting on the back of the starving man (the
The artist lets the fat lady say:“I’m sitting on the back of a man. He is sinking under the burden. I would do anything to help him. Except stepping down from his back”.Justitia (western goddess of justice)
The Western World
and the Danes are sitting like The little Mermaid on a
stone or like the fat lady in a safe distance to the rising water. We are happy
and sure, that that we have the economy and the resources to prevent the
climate changes from striking us. Meanwhile states of islands around the world
are getting flushed away, while hurricanes, drought and hunger strike the rest
of the world - especially Africa and
”The climate changes are caused by the great consumption of resources in the Western World. The climate changes can only be stopped if the Western World starts massive investments in energy free of CO2 and sustainable production. In spite of this fact we will not change our way of living and really make a difference. On the contrary, all the governments of the Western World call on their citizens to start a new consumption orgy in order to get out of the financial crisis.
FN envisages 200 millions of climate refugees within the next 40 years. This is going to result in great demographic changes worldwide, so that many societies risk to collapse including civil wars and instability, which will cause even more refugees and thereby more societal problems. This vicious circle can only be avoided by stopping global warming and start massive organizations to help the countries that the climate crisis already strikes,” concludes Galschiot.
SevenMeters art-events (can be seen November 13 – December 19)
Survival of the Fattest is a part of SevenMeters.net. Art installations by Jens Galschiot which highlight the climate issue from different angles, in cooperation with different players from among peoplesclimateaction.dk and Illumenarts.dk. Especially focus is put on the consequences for the people on earth and the meaning of the demographic changes for our society.
** The pulse of earth (by Bella Centre metro station, the entrance to COP15). The 4˝ 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 more than
(The big hill at
Amager Fćlled). A
**Wandering Refugees (by
Bella centre) are 3
**‘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: Contact. www.aidoh.dk , tel. +45 66184 058 / +45 4044 7058, firstname.lastname@example.org
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*Photos (free) of the SevenMeters art-events, Courtesy ‘www.SevenMeters.net’: http://SevenMeters.net/links/6/