In May 2016 will be a gathering entitled 'Goodbye Glacier', bringing together world leaders, scientists and artists for an event about love and loss of the one of the planets greatest natural objects - the glacier.
We are partnering with Michael Hebb and some of the worlds leading ice sculptors to develop a table from a glacier for the event in Northern Iceland. We are in talks with an international architecture firm to partner on developing the concept further.
'Practically Unsinkable' - The debate over man-made climate change and its effect on the planet has brought out some of the most preposterous language from both sides of the argument - from the apocalyptic to the unwavering denial. The idea of having a thoughtful pro-active conversation is always beaten down to the point we are complicit in our ability to not confront the obvious. The initial concept for the table draws from another great arctic disaster brought about by hubris and denial - The Titanic.
It took 2 h 40 min for the boat to finally submerge. Likewise the 'Goodbye Glacier' event should be set with it's own loss. The table, fragile in nature. will be built with its' own mechanisms of collapse such that it's only setting maybe its last.
A single meal about love that will end with loss.
An Unsinkable Personal Connection
In 1915 my great uncle Harold Bride was in his first year of work as a junior radio operator for Marconi. That April he joined a new vessel, the Titanic.
During his training he learned the new emergency code SOS, replacing CQD (sécurité distress). Bride happened to be on the midnight shift and at 11.40pm April 14th the ship was sliced open by an iceberg. Both he and first office Phillips recieved no response to CQD, so he changed call signals. He stayed on the ship until power went out and it began to descend.
As the boat deck flooded Bride was washed off the ship, but managed to find himself underneath the upturned lifeboat Collapsible 'B', and was rescued by the Carpathia the following morning. Despite his injuries, he went back to work on the Carpathia to transmit survivor lists and personal messages. Upon arriving in New York he was greeted by Marconi and a reporter from the New York Times.
It has been estimated that the iceberg which was hit by the 'unsinkable' Titanic started life as a part of a glacier in Greenland which partially collapsed in 1910 or 1911. Based on water temperature the floe survived another year after the disaster.