The White Bears Claim

The world’s first animal refuges arrive in Paris

by Vincent J.F. Huang

A monumental sculpture of polar bears wearing life vests, attached to a block of floating ice, arrives on the Seine. These climate refugees seek asylum during French President Macron’s climate summit on December 12, 2017.

This eco art project will not only show how social sculpture investigates the climate crisis, but will also attract more global media attention to the climate summit. While facing the increasing gravity of the climate crisis, with extreme weather affecting the entire planet, how can art be used to awaken a wider public to these climate issues? The world’s first animal refugees floating on the Seine river may incite people to re-think our planet’s future and anthropocentrism. The white bears piece can also be understood as a metaphor of small island inhabitants. Finally, the project aims to reveal the future we may soon face.


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