A new public art commission produced by Artichoke – the creative team behind the nationally-acclaimed Lumiere Festival - will light up Bloomberg Arcade in the City of London from 5th December 2019, to inspire climate action. Commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies and designed by NOVAK, in collaboration with Hazel Dunn and Ed Carter, the immersive installation will illuminate the full length of Bloomberg Arcade with shape-shifting projections highlighting the impact of human-led climate change on our planet.
As world leaders meet in Madrid for the COP25 climate change conference, the light and sound installation will invite the public to experience and reflect on animated scenes depicting the consequences of climate change as they unfold beneath their feet. Issues captured in the vibrant projected landscape and accompanying soundscape will range from deforestation and bee extinction, to coral bleaching and global warming.
As patterns run in a continuous sequence, an original, synchronised soundtrack produced by composer Ed Carter adds to the sense of constant motion and urgency. The score draws on climate and environmental data from 1880 to the present day, combined with recordings from the natural world that reference the changing visual imagery. The music reflects the alarming rates of change observed across climate indicators, including arctic sea ice volume, seasonal monthly temperature, global forest cover, and the decline in UK pollinating insects, among others.
Imminence will be open to the public at Bloomberg Arcade from 5th December 2019 – 10th January 2020. 4pm-11pm GMT, daily.
Bloomberg Arcade, London, EC4N 8AR