Brian Goggin, S.F. Artist, is Hauling a Colossal Block of Ice From Greenland to Manhattan

Categories: Art, Installations

BrianGogginBasal.jpg
A very cool project

S. F. artist Brian Goggin, of Defenestration fame, has set his sights on a new project of mammoth proportions. In a bid to remind the public of the effects of global warming, Goggin has decided to travel to Greenland, extract an "enormous monolith" of 100,000 year-old rare blue basal ice, and transport it back to Manhattan. Sounds crazy? Totally. But it only gets better.

BrianGogginChiseling.jpg
Brian Goggin
Chiseling the ice
​ To make things a little more complicated, Goggin plans to travel with sleds and huskies, and emply Ancient Egyptian-inspired tools and techniques to hand-carve the ice. "The image is of a post-fuel interaction not using motors or any heavy carbon-producing systems - a stupendous human effort," says Goggin. The exact volume of the ice block has yet to be determined, but Goggin wants it to have the same proportions as the foundation stones of the Great Pyramid of Giza.

Once the mammoth ice cube is extracted, Goggin plans to have huskies, human tuggers (which may include arctic athletes, or "financial supporters who want to get their hands dirty") and potentially musk oxen pull the monolith to the coastal town of Ilulissat, where it will be transferred to a ship. The team is also exploring the possibility of using an enormous sail kite to assist the towing process.

Thumbnail image for BrianGogginByrd1929.jpg
Brian Goggin
Goggin plans to use a dog and sled team like the 1929 Byrd expedition
​ Goggin is intent on creating a spectacle, or in his own words, "a kind of mythological quest for the Holy Grail." Goggin envisions the tugging team pulling the ice "across the ice sheet uncovered to let sunlight illuminate the sweating blue ice as it slides over the bright white snow." Once it arrives in New York, the ice block will be placed in a custom-designed high-tech reliquary filled with sub-zero glycol solution to keep the ice chilled, weighing in at 4000 pounds altogether. The installation will include a circle of laser beams around the reliquary that serve no practical purpose, but are intended to convey "a sense of rarity and significant value."

But the most ambitious part of the project is yet to come. Ultimately, after touring museums across the nation, Goggin will install the monolith in a permanent home, where he hopes to preserve the ice for exactly 488 years. Goggin picked this number because 488 years ago, Manhattan was discovered by Captain Giovanni da Verrazzano of the French ship La Dauphine.

Goggin hopes that the long term installation will invite the public to reflect on the changes in the environment over the last few centuries." After another 488 year period, maybe we will return to a more natural state," he hopes.

Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.
My Voice Nation Help
16 comments
Sort: Newest | Oldest
Loveandhate@yahoo.com
Loveandhate@yahoo.com

Do your research man see this artist name Tavares Strachan. 2006 the distance between what we have project.

Nice rip off!

1234567wise
1234567wise

Hey Brian, I got one piece of advice look up Tavares Stracahn.

Lodger
Lodger

And: BURN! 

This proves that Brian is unoriginal and not very "au courant."

Berne
Berne

I think everyone has a right to post their thoughts and reactions.  Oceanrapture has a POV.  This installation has no value to them.  Yet it seems a little arrogant of you to decide Brian should re-direct his efforts to address the real "distress" in the world.  That distress is there and it's tragic. I agree.  I am doing my bit to address that, working with the homeless, but I don't think EVERYONE should do that.  Only those who are called.  But that might be your vision and your purpose Oceanrapture.  I hope you are already doing some amazing large scale stuff like Brian is doing, but with what you consider important, responding to the distress real folks all around are having.   I will gladly be embarrassed by this post of mine if you end up being an incredible mover and shaker in social justice and helping folks. 

Oceanrapture
Oceanrapture

I am Noam Chomsky (or insert anyone you prefer right here).In all honesty I feel the way I do about this project just because I do. It's that simple. I received the notices, read the article, and shared my reaction without a second thought. I'm not asking Brian to 'redirect" his energy, and what he does has zero to do with me and my opinion nor do I hope to change his point of view or his artistic direction. At the risk of being arrogant I'll venture to say that I'm the least arrogant person you could ever hope to meet...humble to a fault. Personally speaking I just think it's a self-indulgent project across the board and the "political premise" of the piece is indeed rhetorical and as my friend said "Do we, in 2011 have the luxury of such rhetorics?"...well, do we? That's my opinion full stop. If you're going to announce a project all over facebook with links to articles with open comment sections and comments are flowing negative or positive then really all is well and good wouldn't you say? Healthy debate and the sharing of ideas and opinions is the stuff of life. Arrogant? How about "not brain dead and has an opinion"? In regards to "This installation has no value to them" I don't really agree with you and if anything is arrogant it would be that statement as you've no idea what is of value to me. This project and article coming up today represents plenty of value in my book because 1) it gave me a deeper insight into this artist' motives and values 2) it put me into a public forum stating my thoughts and feeling which is something I rarely do and I could stand to do it more.I wish everyone well and and my opinion stands; I don't agree with this project and I think it smacks of hubris.

Ryan Junell
Ryan Junell

"Do we, in 2011 have the luxury of such rhetorics?"

YES!

"it smacks of hubris."

YES!

"is it awesome in scope and promise?"

YES!

Elisefried
Elisefried

I know the inventor of the giant Sail for cargo ships (Berlin) who would probably agree to help and I heartily disagree with Oceanrapture.this project gives a premature sense of Rarity and preciousness to ice and thus will help prevent it's actual disappearance through the act of consciousness shifting, the rare gift offered by the artist and philosopher to society. Thank you for your work Brian, and for Thinking BIG. ;)

Oceanrapture
Oceanrapture

more feedback for you Brian...from someone I really respect:i have an identical view with the ''oceanrapture'' person- so many resources will(?) be brought to bear when there is so much real distress everywhere in the world-yes, the environment, but the famines, the disasters, the people inflicted, and not even too far away from his home, he doesn't even have to look in Africa, or Asia, but in New Orleans...

Why doesn't he do quietly and seriously something about those living stripped off their dignity, their livelihoods, their homes, in his own country, now, and not 488 years from now?-the world is in such dire straits because of greed and the environmental disasters are directly related to greed, so whatever his artistic aspirations, this work of art, does not serve its political premise, which he states is its purpose-but is a purely rhetorical exercise. Do we, in 2011 have the luxury of such rhetorics?

Ryan Junell
Ryan Junell

omg seriously... yes BRIAN GOGGIN can SAVE THE WORLD by not doing his art project... OR he could make a massive artistic statement that could influence the heads of industry and regular folk like you and me for  the next 500+ years... please, let the artists do their work... if you don't get it, that's ok, too.

The_Gadfly
The_Gadfly

Show me the last time an artistic statement ever changed anything.

Ryan Junell
Ryan Junell

I dunno. ha. art is serious. art is ridiculous. art is awesome. whatever. quick oceanrapture... tell someone to stop making Transformers 4 and redirect the budget to the environment... you and I could probably both get behind that. I appreciate your point of view... for instance, I think the large-scale Cristo installations are "lofty", at best. and your feedback is great! check out this rich leftist controversy. peace!

Oceanrapture
Oceanrapture

Nobody is stopping anybody from doing whatever they want to do...let the artists do their work? That's rich...hey, your post is interfering with this new painting I'm working on please knock it off. Look, Brian is putting this out there and pretty much asking for feedback and here's some feedback. How is this project not a rhetorical exercise? Influencing the heads of industry? You're off your rocker. In my estimation the only heads that will be influenced by this will be the "inner circle" of "serious" artists and hangers on that surround Brian, the very few people with time and cash to burn at high-end galleries in Manhattan, and Brian himself.

Oceanrapture
Oceanrapture

Brian, I'll be reflecting on all the resources you're using for this project that could easily be put to use to feed starving people, rescue abandoned animals, or any number of issues and problems in the world that desperately need to be addresses by those who have the means. As it stands this smacks of the caprice of the privileged and truly brings the word "hubris" to mind. Sorry, I don't mean to be so negative, and we actually know each other and I appreciate your work and contribution as an artist, but this is truly disappointing to me.

Now Trending

San Francisco Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

©2014 SF Weekly, LP, All rights reserved.
Loading...