THE CO2 CUBE UNVEILED - Live In Copenhagen: Visualize A Tonne Of Change At The Launch Of COP15

Copenhagen, Denmark - Dec 7, 2009 (PRN): Artists, architects, technologists, engineers, musicians, delegates, children, and youth united for the unveiling of the first-of-its-kind digital media art exhibition “CO2 CUBES: Visualize a Tonne of Change.” Unveiling live in Copenhagen on Monday, December 7th, the exhibit will run through December 18th at St. Jørgens Lake, Tycho Brahe Planetarium. The site-specific art installation transforms the invisible into a sculptural spectacle of light and sound designed to help people visualize the actual scale of 1 metric tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2).

“The CO2 Cube is a hybrid of a site-specific sculptural installation and a multi-media art show designed to help the public and policy makers alike gain a deeper understanding of the impact of our CO2 emissions, as well as exploring solutions to reduce our individual and collective CO2 footprints.” – Mia Hanak, Executive Director, Millennium ART.

"Our programmers have created a new type of media system for this exhibit. YouTube & Google have worked closely with us to artistically fuse streaming content from around the world, with customized artistic storytelling and environmental data visualizations. This installation is richly diverse in content and truly a fusion of art and technology." -Travis Threlkel, Founder & Creative Director, Obscura Digital, Inc.

What does 1 metric tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) look like? Measured and stored at standard atmospheric pressure, one metric tonne of CO2 occupies a cube the size of a three-story building 8.2m x 8.2m x 8.2m (27ft x 27ft x 27ft)! You have to see the size of your CO2 Cube to believe it!

This exhibition is developed in partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information and was launched officially at the UN Headquarters on 1 December 2009 by UN Under-Secretary General for Public Information, Kiyo Akasaka, who explains, “The CO2 Cube is an installation where art, science, and technology intersect to generate awareness and solutions needed for supporting a fair deal in Copenhagen.” The CO2 Cube will generate awareness about the importance of supporting successful discussions at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP15), and will give a public voice to the deliberations through a customized YouTube communications platform on the cube, where messages from all corners of the world can be experienced. “The CO2 CUBES, powered by Google and YouTube, will amplify the conversations happening in Copenhagen so that more people can access the dialogue taking place. This is a real-time portal that directly connects visitors with climate change related videos and other COP15 content via YouTube,” said Chris Di Cesare, Chief Marketing Officer of YouTube.

The cube is constructed of 12 shipping containers stacked in an interlocking pattern on a custom engineered floatation barge. Two sides are covered with an architectural mesh fabric for video projection, while the other sides remain as open exposed shipping container surfaces. We are utilizing Obscura Digital’s FireFrame graphic and digital media system, LED light design by The Do Lab, two 20,000-lumen projectors, and an audio system to illuminate and amplify the CO2 story on the cube. In order to make the CO2 CUBES exhibit and events carbon neutral, Millennium ART is working with Terrapass to track all emission data for the CO2 CUBES project in the forms of emission-to-CO2 tonnage calculations for travel, shipping, machinery, and energy used.

The CO2 Cube bridges the worlds of virtual information and data, representing the condition of the global environment and the public space and landscape of the city of Copenhagen. “The CO2 Cube is a new form of billboard for the urban landscape, one dedicated not to consumption but to collective engagement. The use of shipping containers as the building blocks of the CO2 Cube resonates with the local shipping industry while signifying global consumption, yet reflecting the sustainable solution of re-use. Likewise the ideas and solutions generated by the COP15 conference need to be exported worldwide to make the difference.” -Christophe Cornubert, Principal, PUSH Architecture. Cornubert, CO2 Cube project architect, worked in close collaboration with a diverse international team of builders including local construction and engineering teams led by Mr. Layland Barker from Titan Containers International and Mr. Jens Lillebaek of Grontmij-Carl Bro.

“There have been many challenges with this project, including the temporary instalment of an 8.2 cubic meter installation on the water at a lake site, but the process has brought together many international professionals working alongside each other in necessary collaboration, and with the bustling city surroundings and December Copenhagen weather, the CO2 Cube will be a changing, unpredictable illumination experience,” describes local artist Alfio Bonanno.

The live musical and media performance of BELLA GAIA, a “Living Atlas” journey of the Earth from space, produced in collaboration with NASA and supported by Opus Novum, will bring an emotive foundation to the CO2 Cube Public Unveiling Ceremony. “The power of the cube and the entrancing experience of BELLA GAIA will bring audiences to a greater understanding and connection to our Earth from space, a journey beyond what words and information alone can do.” – Kenji Williams, director & violinist.

Come experience the thrill of seeing the CO2 Cube come to life on the launch of COP15, Monday, 7 December at 17:30, and encourage fellow citizens to experience the exhibit for the duration of the show, from 7 – 18 December, 2009, accessible 24 hours a day, free to the public.

CO2 CUBES: Visualize a Tonne of Change is a Millennium ART installation presented in partnership with the United Nations Department of Public Information, powered by Google and YouTube, produced by Obscura Digital, hosted by the City of Copenhagen and located at Tycho Brahe Planetarium.

Location: St. Jørgens Lake, Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Gl. Kongevej 10 DK-1610 in Copenhagen
Exhibit Dates: 7 - 18 December 2009

For more information, contact:

Mia Hanak +1-415-637-0525

Deanne LaRue +1-415-816-9244

Carol Vanderkloot +1-917-670-8898



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