St James’s Piccadilly has hosted two striking and disruptive art installations in recent months. Below we hear from the artists concerned.
Her floe-fall lament by Sara Mark
At Advent, close to the culmination of the Paris Climate Change Summit (COP21), Sara Mark’s ice melt sculpture was placed at the entrance to the sanctuary at St James’s Piccadilly, preventing people from walking down the central isle. The sound of the sculpture was audible throughout the morning service. See the video at www.sjp.org.uk/ice-melt-2015.html.
Her Floe-fall Lament (COP21) – Sara Mark, 2016. Frozen water, steel, wood-ash. Duration 20 hours. Size approx. 200 x 200 cms. Photo credit. Sara Mark, 2016.
Sara comments: “Her floe-fall lament (COP21) was made by freezing 66 litres of water into an oil drum. I placed it in the central aisle of the church to cause maximum disruption to the usual events on Sunday and the constant amplified sound of the melt-water pouring into the oil barrel beneath was an insistent reminder of something happening in real-time elsewhere in the World.
My first ice-melt piece was made in 2006, after attending a Climate Change seminar for artists at the RSA. I was so shocked by what I saw and heard, I wondered how I could make work about anything else. Since then I have used ice as a symbol for issues that need time to transform and resolve. The outcome is inevitable. The ice melts drop by drop, but with it come release, warmth and a certain stillness after perhaps several days of thaw and agitation.”