Anorak | Nowhere Island Brings-Tows The Artic To Britain

Nowhere Island Brings-Tows The Artic To Britain

by | 24th, October 2009

_46590705_hartley NOWHERE ISLAND is the work of artist Alex Hartley. To raise awareness over climate change, Mr Hartley will be taking rocks from an island in the Svalbard archipelago north of Norway by barge to Weymouth for the Olympic sailing in 2012.

The rocks will be put on a floating football pitch-sized platform to create Nowhere Island. No Where Island will then be towed by tug boat around the South West coast to Bristol.

It’s all part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad . And Mr Hartley fought off other artists to win the £500,000 commission from London 2012 and the Arts Council.

Mr Hartley says the environmental cost of towing the island was outweighed by the “poetry of the project “.

So as not to pollute his vision, we give you the story in full.

Meanwhile Old Mr Anorak is making his own poetry to with his new Lear Jet:

nowhereisland is the winning Artists Taking the Lead project for the South West of England. As part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, nowhereisland will arrive in July 2012.

Artist Alex Hartley will bring an arctic island to the South West of England. He discovered the island in the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard as part of the 2004 Cape Farewell expedition. The island was revealed from within the melting ice of a retreating glacier and Alex was the first human to ever stand on it. It is about the size of a football pitch, consisting of rubble and moraine around a small amount of bedrock. The Norwegian Polar Institute

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