If you wanted another metaphor to compete with ‘as boring as watching paint dry’ then ‘as boring as watching ice melt’ might be right up there. Why then are we recommending that you go and do just that this week? Because it’s the work of always thought-provoking Olafur Eliasson. He’s arranged the transport of 25 chucks of ice, fished out of the Nuup Kangerlua fjord, which were once part of the Greenland Ice Sheet, to go on display outside Tate Modern. There’s something intensely moving about the fragility of the piece; it takes the statistics of the depletion of the ice sheet and turns it into a tragic process going on right in front of out eyes.
SW1ArtSunday December 16