Arctic Ice Texts Exhibition 9 May – 8 June 2015. Artist: David Buckland


The artist, David Buckland has led seven expeditions into the high Arctic aboard the 100 year old Norwegian schooner Noorderlicht (Northern Lights) with a crew of artists and scientists. Ice Texts was created by projecting provocative phrases onto icebergs and glacier walls as the Noorderlicht manoeuvred within 10 metres of the towering ice cliffs.

As the ice crumbles and crashes into the sea, it carries hundreds of thousands of years of history in the tiny bubbles of air trapped from the Earth’s past. Ice Texts points to the impermanence of humankind’s statements in the face of the overwhelming challenges of climate change; encouraging a conversation on humanity’s impact on the climate.

The European Union in Australia has partnered with CLIMARTE to present this exhibition at the National Arboretum Canberra. CLIMARTE is an organisation that harnesses the creative arts to highlight the effects of climate change.

The EU and 167 other countries – including Australia - are committed to adopting an international agreement in Paris in December 2015 to put the world on track to contain average global air temperature rise below 2°C. To contribute to this goal, the EU committed in March 2015, to redouble its efforts and reduce emissions by at least 40% by 2030.

The Ice Texts Exhibition will only be shown in Canberra at the National Arboretum Canberra 9 May – 8 June 2015