Archaeologies of Climate is an installation made of solid glass columns that are inspired in glacial deposits and the drilling of ice cores as archaeological artifacts of climate change.
Glacial ice is a kind of climatological calendar; registering in its layers a sample of fallen snow during a given year that includes chemical traces and air bubbles that preserve ancient atmospheric conditions. Through the study of the ice’s frozen deposits, Earth’s climate history can be accessed, studied and re-constructed by scientists in the very same way civilizations of our past are interpreted from their ruins and architectural remains. In some ways, glacial ice-cores are the worst of our ruins: vestiges of a climatological past which doesn’t only look back in time, but which disappearance determines the future of our planet.
This project was awarded with a Madrid’s Artistic Production Funds Grant (Ayudas a la Creación Comunidad de Madrid) in May 2019. Fabricated with the support of the Real Fábrica de Cristales de la Granja de San Ildefonso, Segovia.