Real people can't live under water

Photo | 6 December, 2010

Kevin Buckland - USA "There is something missing in the climate negotiations here in Cancun - the human face. In the brackets and clauses, the speeches and the sentences - we forget the human face of climate change. That this is real, it is happening now, and it is happening to people. It is emotional. Jason Taylor's piece brings this human face to climate change, submerging our emotions into what the future we are sculpting might be. We sought to bring the immediacy of this piece further, by putting young people from all over the world, in particular from countries at immediate risk of sea level rise, into this human but frozen context. When we were down there, you interact with the sculptures. It is human nature that anything with a face and two eyes demands recognition as a human, and yet these were cast stares we looked upon. We are not like them, we are not stone and we cannot live underneath the water. We will testify to them as witnesses of a future we will not allow to come to pass."

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