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Iceberg floats into Tatton art show in Cheshire


The ice will be kept frozen using solar power and pond water.

A 10,000-year old block of Arctic ice has arrived in Cheshire from Greenland to feature in a modern art show.

In February this year, artist Neville Gabie journeyed to Greenland where he fished the iceberg out of a fjord and then transported it to the UK.

iceberg in fishing net
The block of ice was harvested from a fjord in Greeland

For two months, it's travelled by sea from Narsaq in Greeland to Aalborg in Denmark and then to Liverpool, to arrive in time for the Tatton Biennial.

The two-tonne lump of ice is being housed in a specially-built glass case and kept frozen using solar power and pond water during the contemporary art event (8 May - 26 September).

This relocation of materials has been central theme to Neville Gabie's art. Two years ago, he brought a granite kerbstone from China to Bristol via truck, train and ferry.

South African-born Gabie said he hoped his exhibit would provoke debate about the environment.

"It uses the sun to keep the ice cold but it also raises questions about the ethics of moving things around the world when there is increasing concern about our global footprint.

"I hope it will make people curious enough to want to find out more about Greenland and to ask questions about their own immediate environment."


The process of harvesting, transporting and delivering the ice and then keeping it 'complete' in its pristine glass case for all its visitors, has been documented by Gabie in his Biennial blog.

Neville Gabie carrying snow
I hope it will look beautiful, stark and absurd in contrast to the verdant landscape of Tatton.
Neville Gabie, artist

But why bring an slice of the Arctic to the leafy surroundings of Tatton Park?

As organisers of the Biennial pointed out, the introduction of something foreign or 'alien' to an English stately garden has a long history.

Many historic gardens have been populated with species brought back from foreign climes by Victorian plant-hunters and have been cared for in glass houses, much as Gabie's ice will be.

"I hope it will look beautiful, stark and absurd in contrast to the verdant landscape of Tatton" he added.

Curators Danielle Arnaud and Jo Kaplan, Parabola described Gabie's work as "a unique artistic vision."

"It is fully in keeping with the Biennial's ambitions to work as a 'creative laboratory' and we hope Biennial audiences will take this work to their heart!"

Tatton Park Biennial 2010: Framing Identity is at Tatton Park, 8 May to 26 September 2010.


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