Where Science Meets Art

Artists are helping scientists spread the word that the world’s glaciers are in peril.

Meltdown: Visualising Climate Change features work from 11 international artists with a focus on the world’s glaciers and the impact of climate change on their fate.

On now at Whirinaki Whare Taonga in Upper Hutt, the exhibition leads the viewer on a scientific, illustrative, and poetic journey of climate change.

Simon Norfolk and Klaus Thymann’s work Shroud IV

It’s presented in conjunction with the Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts by climate change charity Project Pressure, which uses art to inspire action and behavioural change. Since 2008, the project has been commissioning world-renowned artists to conduct expeditions around the world, each developed alongside scientists to ensure accuracy.

French Artist Noémie Goudal challenges the notion of stability with her large-scale photographic installation printed on biodegradable paper, which disintegrates when wet.

Noémi Goudal’s “Glacier II”

Renate Aller has a lineup of eight photographs in the exhibition. Each print is a metre in size, and although they show different landscapes, they combine into one immersive experience.

Renate Aller

“When you see one image, half your eye sees the next one,” she said.

The photographs are printed large on wood veneer, an underlying – literally – reminder of the need to be mindful and respectful of our planet and its resources. This is only the second time her works have been shown in this form, the first in Slovakia.

The exhibition runs until May 8.