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The Melting Vitruvian Man is the latest publicity stunt by the eco-activists at Greenpeace, with the hopes to draw the necessary attention to turn the clock back on climate change and the receding ice caps.
Given the green light and ample funding from Greenpeace, artist John Quigley set off to work with his team of devoted environmentalists. The result is a stirring reproduction of Da Vinci’s most famous sketch; granted, the installment is the size of four Olympic swimming pools and is floating some 500 miles from the North Pole. The Melting Vitruvian Man is made entirely from recycled copper panels, normally used in solar cells, and was only displayed for a day. This year, arctic ice retreated to its third smallest size in history, a harrowing fact that points to the indisputable change in the Earth’s biosphere. Named in honor of the world’s first engineer, Vitruvius, the popup installation hopes to encourage smart design and architecture solutions for the immediate environmental dangers.