The Archive of Disappearance – Sólheimajökull

Sculpture, 2019/2020 – ongoing

White concrete with marble sand
96 cm x 13 cm x 8 cm

In summer 2019 I started working on my long-term project »The Archive of Disappearance« in Iceland: a collection of glacier castings on a scale of 1:10.000. The glacier that I archived in Iceland is Sólheimajökull. It forms a glacier tongue of Mýrdalsjökull and it is the Icelandic glacier that is currently losing the most of its length and thickness each year since it melts the fastest.

In a first step, I made the outline mould of the glacier to be cast to scale. Next I took the negative form off the glacier with alabaster plaster. This surface cast of the glacier was brought from Iceland to Vienna and transformed into a sculpture made out of white concrete.

Since cement production is responsible for up to 9% of all man-made CO2 emissions, I have chosen concrete as the material for the sculpture. There are two reasons for this: cement is required for the production of concrete and CO2 is released when this cement is energy-intensive fired. But the greater part of the emitted CO2 is released from the limestone as geogenic CO2 during the firing process.

This project was funded by a project grant of BKA - Section II - Art and Culture, Austria.