ABOUT THIS PROJECT

A New Glacial Pace aims to relocate a vial of melted glacial ice from the Arctic to the Antarctic where it will refreeze. The relocation depends on human power alone (walking, running, biking, rowing etc) to relay the glacial water south. Participants are asked to help it on its journey and to log its location on this site before passing it on to the next helpful hand. The vial’s progress is tracked as it moves from point to point and pole to pole.

The journey of changing the fate of one glacier, hand by hand, seeks to awaken a renewed awareness of our collective interdependence and the fragility of our earthly resources.

The project is a collaboration between Brooklyn-based artist Rob MacInnis and designer Sarah Sandman

MacInnis’ is a Canadian artist who creates multimedia artworks concerned with the notions of impossibility, communication, and belief; projects where animals form their own society, technology calls out to nature and musicians explore their communicative limitations. He received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. 

As a 2015 TED Fellow, Sandman uses design to create social experiences that bring people together, such as her Gift Cycle project, in which she helped neighboring communities exchange gifts of art. Sandman is the co-director of the design studio and community lab, Public Displays of Affection (PDA). PDA builds social capital with communication design, creating objects and experiences that enhance our sense of interconnectedness. Community and the environment are at the forefront of PDA's design process. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.