Illustrated poetry today – Fire and Ice – by Robert Frost

I wrote yesterday about how J.M.W. Turner paired his poem with his masterpiece painting “Slave Ship” during its exhibition in 1840 to increase the anti-slavery impact on viewers. As I mentioned, that painting today is in the MFA Boston, and on a recent visit to the museum, I passed by a collaborative art installation tackling the issue of climate change in the park across the street. The show is called “Crossroads – Energy Necklace on the Emerald Necklace: 2014”, and my favorite piece in the show is by Coni Porter and is entitled “CO2 Cubed: Choose to Change” (you can see photographs of this and all of the works in the installation at the link above). Inspired by Mr. Turner’s effort, I wanted to pair her fantastic piece with a poem…

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The poem is “Fire and Ice” by Robert Frost (read the whole poem here). Photographs and composition by me.

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6 comments

  1. Remarkable piece! I always appreciate it when science and art enter into a “marriage” (as I call it). When the two combine forces to demonstrate such a timely issue, it is truly powerful!

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  2. Marcy, I’m honored that you’ve chosen my piece to pair with Robert Frost… and certainly am struck by the reference to “the world ending in fire” as particularly apropos to today’s shifting and warming climate. Making “visible” something that is usually quite invisible, CO2, was my motivation for this outdoor installation. It stunned me to realize that a cube, 2ft x 2ft x 2ft, could represent the amount of carbon we release into the atmosphere every 10 minutes… by the simple fact of living (and driving, and heating, and cooling). No wonder the earth is in trouble. The 144 small white cubes, suspended from the tree limbs, represents how many large cubes we emit every 24 hours – every day. Combining art and science in service to climate change awareness is my passion. Thank you again for including me in this blog.

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    1. Dear Ms Porter,

      Thank you! It is my pleasure! Your installation is even better in person, and so I hope more people will go and see it. With CO2 being colorless and odorless (thus I thought the “colorless” floating white cubes especially appropriate), it is so hard to really “feel” what volume any amount represents. It is also a simply beautiful sculpture, which becomes all the more interesting when you understand what it represents.

      Thanks again!
      Sincerely,
      Marcy

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