"It is really poetic: a river of ice slowly disintegrating, quite discreetly, quite invisibly. Sheets of ice are constantly slipping off, huge bits cracking, moving very slowly.
"It is sad to see a vanishing world."
Glasgow-based artist Katie Paterson has set up a phone line so callers can hear the creaking last gasps of Europe's largest glacier as it melts. Climate change is destroying the glacier, Vatnajokull, and only one caller at a time can hear its death rattle (call 07758 225698; international rates apply). But Paterson, who seems to intend something closer to poetry than politics, says the point is about "grandeur slipping away":
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