Olafur Eliasson: Earth perspectives

Olafur Eliasson: Earth perspectives, 2020
Part of the Red Brick Art Museum’s 2020+ exhibition


The Earth viewed over the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms, now dying due to human activity and mass coral bleaching.

The Earth viewed over the Mariana Trench, Pacific Ocean

The deepest trench on Earth, reaching almost 11,000 meters below sea level. Despite its extremity, both living organisms and human-made plastics have been found at its bottom.

The Earth viewed over Yakutia, in Siberia, Russia

Rising temperatures are thawing permafrost in this remote region, deforming landscapes, releasing large quantities of methane, and disrupting animal migration patterns.

The Earth viewed over the Ganges River, India

A sacred waterway granted the same legal rights as a human being by an Indian court in 2017.

The Earth viewed over the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia

One of the rare places in Africa where snow falls regularly, this range is part of the Ethiopian Highlands, known as the ‘Roof of Africa’.

The Earth viewed over Chernobyl, in Pripyat, Ukraine

The site of the worst nuclear disaster in history, where rare and endangered species now thrive in the absence of humans.

The Earth viewed over the Greenland ice sheet

A continent-wide ice sheet produced by falling snow over millions of years, now melting at staggering rates due to human-induced climate change.

The Earth viewed over Ecuador

The first country in the world to recognize Rights of Nature in their Constitution, ratified in 2008. Nature has the ‘right to exist, persist, maintain and regenerate its vital cycles’.

The Earth viewed over the South Pole

The pole is at the heart of the virtually uninhabited continent of Antarctica, a vital ice-covered wildlife haven that is under threat from rapid warming and ice loss.