Creating change [12-12]
Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey – Ice lens, ice sculpture, 2005
UK artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey make works that juxtapose natural forces of growth and decay with artifice, control and randomness, and which often reflect scientific concerns.
They have taken part in three of the Cape Farewell journeys to the Arctic, during which they have made a number of sculptures using ice and other materials. This work depicts a lens carved out of the Arctic ice. For Harvey, the environment that he was working in made him think about the environmental effects of his actions.
"At one point whilst cutting ice we used a large handsaw, but as evening fell and with freezing hands the option of using a chainsaw seemed to make sense. I've often used a chainsaw, but up there, suddenly, one questions it. Like many modern tools that make our lives easier, they take a toll here. The quick fix, everything needs to be fast, the faster things go, the less time we have to think and reflect, so we rush on half blind into an uncertain future."
Work reproduced courtesy of the artist and the Cape Farewell project.