Ice Sculptures Plant Local Flora As They Melt
Artist Basia Irland's books sow the seeds of both knowledge and actual plants.
Is there hope for plant life in the widespread ice melt that’s caused by climate change? Most plants wouldn’t be able to say so, but artist Basia Irland’s project Ice Receding/Books Reseedingputs an interesting spin on an impending ecological reality by encouraging the appreciation of individual plant species and their interdependency with local water systems – a topic she has repeatedly addressed in her work. This project was originally created for “Weather Report,” a groundbreaking exhibition about climate change from 2007 that took place in Boulder, Colorado, where a glacier that provides much of the drinking water is rapidly melting. Today, Irland encases the seeds of local plant species in blocks of frozen water, arranging the seeds in shapes that suggest an “ecological language” or “riparian [on the bank of a natural watercourse] text.”