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The Field Museum

Exhibition Detail
Group Exhibition
Melting Ice / A Hot Topic: Envisioning Change
1400 S. Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL


August 16th, 2008 - August 16th, 2008
 
Antarctic Evening—Humpback Whales, Robert BatemanRobert Bateman,
Antarctic Evening—Humpback Whales,
1999, acrylic on canvas
© the artist
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Melting Ice-A Hot Topic: Envisioning Change
April 18-September 1, 2008

The contemporary art show features the works of 26 artists from 10 countries- all focusing on climate change, specifically melting ice caps and the effect that has on all living creatures.



Many scientists agree that most global warming of the last 50 years is due to human activity. The burning of fossil fuels has thickened the heat-trapping blanket of greenhouse gases around the planet, warming the Earth's surface. As a result, glaciers that provide fresh water for millions of people are disappearing. Ocean temperatures are rising, and on land, both plant and animal species feel the effects of melting ice and rising temperatures.

Here, artists from around the world respond to the threats posed by climate change. A total of 23 pieces are in this thought-provoking exhibition including photographs, oil paintings, sculpture, and video installations. They focus on both challenges and opportunities. They ask us to examine the effects of rising temperatures on humans, plants, and animals, on the landscape, and on the changing shape of the world we know and hopefully inspire us to take action to do our part in caring for the environment.

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