Pianist Gives Floating Performance Among Arctic Ice


Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi is world-renowned for his music, but at a recent performance, it was the venue that had people buzzing. As designboom reports, the celebrated musician performed his original "Elegy for the Arctic" for the first time from a floating platform in the icy Arctic Ocean.

The performance was a collaboration between Einaudi and Greenpeace in an effort to promote awareness of climate change. Polar ice continues to dwindle with each passing year, and this winter, the arctic ice cap's maximum coverage hit a historic low. An unusually early retreat of sea ice provided Einaudi the space he used to perform. As he plays his elegy from an artificial, wooden iceberg in the video above, chunks of ice from the Wahlenbergbreen glacier in Norway can be seen falling into the ocean behind him.

The release of the video coincides with a week-long meeting of the OSPAR Commission—an organization dedicated to protecting and conserving the North-East Atlantic. One of Greenpeace's goals is establishing protected areas in international Arctic waters, something the video above makes a pretty compelling case for.

[h/t designboom]

All images courtesy of Greenpeacespain on YouTube.

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