Olafur Eliasson brings giant blocks of ice to London for climate change art installation

Lizzie Thomson

The capital will feel the chill next week when huge blocks of ice arrive in Bankside, as part of an art installation about climate change.

Artist Olafur Eliasson and leading geologist Minik Rosing are the brains behind the artwork, which sees a total of 24 ice blocks arranged outside the Tate Modern.

The chilly installation will be left to slowly melt, acting as a literal reminder of the impact of climate change. Members of the public can visit the exhibits and watch the pieces thaw in front of them.

Ice Watch will launch in London on December 11, coinciding with the COP24 climate change conference in Poland, and following a report published on October 8 that warned there are only 12 years left to limit the most negative effects on the planet.

The masses have been taken out of the waters of Greenland where they had broken off from the ice sheet which is melting at an 'unprecedented rate' according to scientists.

It is expected that Ice Watch will have melted by December 21, preceding Eliasson's exhibition at the Tate Modern next July.