Photo Friday: Core Of Climate Science

Layer upon layer of snow, built up over thousands of years, ice cores are an archive of Earth’s past. Taken from ice sheets and glaciers, these cores are used for scientific discovery of the climate changes that Earth may have gone through.

This is the focus of Peggy Weil’s “88 cores,” a four-and-a-half hour video descent two miles through the Greenland Ice Sheet in one continuous pan that goes back more than 110,000 years. It aims to explore the intersections of polar ice, time and humanity. “88 cores” is being shown for the first time as the second part of The Climate Museum’s “In Human Time” exhibition from January 19 to February 11.

“The film is not a scientific document, but it is informed by science. Although much of the data gleaned from ice cores is invisible (analysis of gasses, ECM data) the ice itself is visually compelling. The work acknowledges the immensity and grandeur of the ice (and the human effort to understand it) as we contemplate its fragility,” states Weil.

Along with the video, still images of the ice cores will also be on display and accompanied by other artifacts and media that offers context on ice core science and the Arctic.

The exhibition is being presented in partnership with the Parsons School of Design’s Sheila Johnson Design Center at The Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries in New York on Fifth Avenue.

For more information on the exhibition and the Climate Museum, visit climatemuseum.org or inhumantime.org

For more information on Peggy Weil, visit pweilstudio.com.

Viewer observing the 88 cores film at 1 meter (Source: Peggy Weil and the US National Ice Core Lab, GISP2).

 

88 cores film test at -1855 meters (Source: Peggy Weil and the US National Ice Core Lab, GISP2).

 

Peggy Weil at the US National Ice Core Lab (Source: Peggy Weil and the US National Ice Core Lab, GISP2).

 

 

Ice core – 2129 meters below the surface (Source: Peggy Weil and the US National Ice Core Lab, GISP2).

 

Photo Friday: Capturing Climate Change Through Art

“It is my life’s mission to convey the urgency of climate change through art,” states Zaria Forman. And she does this through painstakingly drawn, detailed pastel drawings that look so real they can often be mistaken for photographs.

She captures the beauty of places like Hawaii, the Maldives, Greenland, and Antarctica.

Her series of pastel drawings, Antarctica, in particular, captures landscapes in flux. “As temperatures rise, glaciers melt more rapidly than they grow. Many of us are intellectually aware that climate change is our greatest global challenge, and yet the problem may feel abstract, the imperiled landscapes remote. The scale and detail of my drawings are meant to make Antarctica’s magnificence and ephemerality visceral to the viewer, emulating the overpowering experience of being beside a glacier,” says Zaria.

A reproduction of her work Whale Bay, Antarctica, No.4, 84×144, 2016, and a time-lapse video depicting the process of making the work, is currently being featured as part of the first exhibition, In Human Time, for the Climate Museum in New York. It is presented in partnership with the Parsons School of Design’s Sheila Johnson Design Center at The Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries on Fifth Avenue and will be exhibited till January 15.

For more information on Zaria Forman, visit zariaforman.com.

For more information on the exhibition and the Climate Museum, visit climatemuseum.org.

 

Whale Bay, Antarctica no.4, 84×144, 2016 (Source: Zaria Forman).

Whale Bay is a place on the western side of the Antarctic peninsula where icebergs calved from a nearby glacier are carried by wind and water to their final resting place. The icebergs scrape against the shallow bay becoming “grounded” (they remain there until they have completely melted). As the bay encloses grounded icebergs, it is also called an “iceberg graveyard.”

Whale Bay, Antarctica no.1, 60×90, 2016 (Source: Zaria Forman).

 

Whale Bay, Antarctica no.2, 50×75, 2016 (Source: Zaria Forman).