Friday, September 23, 2011

Giant melting da Vinci 'Vitruvian Man' artwork recreated on Arctic sea ice

A giant version of Leonardo da Vinci's famous sketch 'Vitruvian Man' depicted melting from the sea ice into the Arctic Ocean has been constructed just 800 kilometres from the North Pole, as a call for urgent action on climate change.

Greenpeace-commissioned artist John Quigley, travelling on board the Arctic Sunrise, made the massive 'Melting Vitruvian Man' -- the size of four Olympic-sized swimming pools -- to draw attention to how climate change is causing the rapid melting of sea ice to outstrip predictions. All materials were removed after construction and the copper will be reused.

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