Tuesday, 18 Oct, 2011 Environment

Huge Melting Vitruvian Man Illustrated on Arctic Sea Ice


The symbol that illustrates human connection to geometry and proportion, Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, appeared recently on arctic sea ice.

Greenpeace teamed up with artist John Quigley to create the huge symbol in the artic. Found 500 miles from the North Pole, the Melting Vetruvian Man was illustrated fading away into the advancing tide.

Through this symbol Greenpeace has the goal of drawing attention to decreasing sea ice. It is worth mentioning that in 2011 alone the level of Arctic ice decreased dramatically and according to researchers it could completely disappear in the summer time within 2 decades. This would have a serious impact on human beings and bio-diversity.

The Vetruvian Man on artic ice was built from flattened panels of copper, and its size can be compared to the area of four Olympic swimming pools.

The artists and his team managed used the icebreaker ship "Artic Sunrise" as their home base during the whole process of laying out the symbol on the ice.

More information on the project you can find here.

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