Dial up the sounds of a dying glacier

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":

"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."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You can listen to it at this link. They recorded 60 seconds of it.