Wednesday 16 October 2019

Ice statue of climate activist Greta Thunberg melts in Trafalgar Square

The sculpture, along with a sign reading #GretaIceberg, was assembled in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday morning and melted throughout the day.

(Alissa Khan-Whelan, Chris Godfrey and CJ Brown)
(Alissa Khan-Whelan, Chris Godfrey and CJ Brown)

By Emily Chudy, PA

An ice statue of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg was unveiled in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday morning.

Created by Alissa Khan-Whelan, Chris Godfrey and CJ Brown, the statue was erected with the intention of it melting throughout the day.

The team explained that the melting statue, alongside a sign reading #GretaIceberg, was a “powerful representation of climate change and the plight the world is in”.

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(Alissa Khan-Whelan, Chris Godfrey and CJ Brown)

In an open letter to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, the sculpture launch included a petition for a permanent statue of 16-year-old Greta to be put up in London.

The team said: “Greta Thunberg is a representation of youth and courage after successfully invigorating the climate debate that was failing to get the attention it deserved.

“We ask London to permanently assemble a (sustainable) statue of Greta Thunberg. The statue will exist as a permanent representation of youth, determination and courage, to inspire generations ahead to be fearless in the fight for positive change.

“This petition comes after a giant ice-statue of Greta Thunberg was erected in Trafalgar Square. The statue melted throughout the day as a powerful representation of climate change and the plight the world is in, unless change is made.”

The sculpture was created by Khan-Whelan, Godfrey and Brown, who gained fame as the team behind the viral Instagram Egg photo.

The photo, a stock image of an egg, set out to beat Kylie Jenner’s Instagram record of 18.3 million likes, and succeeded within 10 days.

It is now the most-liked image on Instagram, with 53 million likes in total.

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