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The Most Striking Climate Change Sculpture You'll Ever See

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

The image below is of a sculpture by street artist Isaac Cordal, which has been dubbed "Politicians Debating Global Warming."

The first time I saw this image, my visceral reaction was immediate and profound, gazing upon politicians debating our planet's global crisis with the waters lapping at their lapels, filling their mouths and covering them completely.
And then I learned more about this image, and about Cordal's work. These are tiny, clay figures which he crafted and then placed in a puddle on a street in Berlin, Germany. When seen from afar, they are nothing but dots poking out of temporarily collected water. However, when one zooms in, this is the result: a majestic, striking picture of politicians refusing to act even as the waters overcome them, and us.

It's a perfect metaphor for climate change inaction: from afar, it's easy to ignore and dismiss, but zoom in and the crisis is clear.

What's amazing about this image is that Cordal's original intention was not for this image to be about climate change. Titled "electoral campaign" the image comes from his Follow the Leaders sculpture series, which contains incredible, miniature sculptures of urban decline and societal collapse.

However, the image has been reinterpreted and recast by Cordal's audience, partially because he himself, among the hundreds of tiny sculptures he's planted around Europe, has created sculptures explicitly about global warming. These images are from his 2012 installation entitled "Waiting for climate change":

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BATCHICK 6/23/2014 12:23PM

    I'm headed to Berlin in 2 weeks, gonna keep an eye out for this!

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PDSLIM 5/8/2014 2:59PM

    Great blog

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SANDRALEET 5/8/2014 6:45AM

    What we sow we reap Our head in the sand helps not

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GENRE009 5/8/2014 12:44AM

    I would never think of it as climate change. To me it just said double exposure, and weird thought!

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DALID414 5/7/2014 11:57PM


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ALIHIKES 5/7/2014 11:32PM

    It is an amazing and graphic visual representation of a serious issue

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CHERIJ16 5/7/2014 11:13PM

    Very interesting and timely. Thanks for sharing.

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LKBRIDGE 5/7/2014 10:39PM

    For some of our politicians that sculpture represents a truth, denying it while drowning.


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