Dutch filmmaker, designerr and sculptor Ap Verheggen has always run with the fashionable set, writes the New York Times. His 20 year career is global and commercial, too. The lobby of Royal Dutch Shell’s headquarters near The Hague plays host the giant bronze ‘Terra Incognita’.
A decade ago, the artist developed a keen passion for the problems of climate change. “People can’t understand nature anymore,” Verheggen said. “I see it as my mission as an artist to tell people what is happening.”
Iceberg Riders, the big melt
In 2009, the artist installed two giant sculptures called Iceberg Riders. Equipped with a GPS satellite tracking tag and installed on an iceberg in Uummannaq, Greenland, the plan was that the arty iceberg would float for years in the northern seas. The result would be a digital map for the artist and those studying climate change. Failure came quickly when the iceberg disintegrated after only four months, confirming in Verheggen’s mind the dire nature of climate change.
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