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Indestructible Language: a public work of art and call to action at COP26 Glasgow

Join the artist behind the installation


29 Oct


16:30 - 17:30

Indestructible Language is a large scale public work of art and call to action. It is a philosophical starting point for the public to commit to thinking acts on the climate emergency, the ‘existential crisis’ our lifetime.

This work of art consists of 3 meter high illuminated neon characters that spell out the phrase: IT IS GREEN THINKS NATURE EVEN IN THE DARK by the conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll. The work of art is a call to action and a philosophical starting point for the public to commit to thinking acts on the ‘existential crisis’ of our lifetime. It will be inclusive of individuals, institutions, governments, and corporations to commit and act. This path-marking process and its instrumentalization will accomplish the acts in reality to actually effect the climate crisis, and that to many it is visible as the extreme weather ‘occurrences’ we are witnessing and experiencing.

Mary Ellen Carroll will explain how the installation explores the random nature of language and meaning, as a continuous loop that one can enter at various points, and the manner in which global warming can be made visible and comprehensible as a sign. The talk coincides with the unveiling of the physical installation in Glasgow on 30th October at 7 pm (GMT+1) on the eve of the opening of the COP26 Climate Summit.

About the artist Mary Ellen Carroll

Conceptual artist Mary Ellen Carroll (MEC, studios) lives and works in New York City. The work occupies the disciplines of architecture/design, policy, performance, and technology.

Ongoing projects include the opus—prototype 180 and PUBLIC UTILITY 2.0 that stand at the intersection of conceptual art/architecture, public policy, and social justice.

Teaching, lecturing, and public presentations are an important part of Carroll’s work and institutions have included the DIA Foundation, Rice University, Columbia University, Yale University, and the Dutch Art Institute amongst others. The recipient of numerous fellowships and honors that include: the 2022 Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Rockefeller Fellowship, the Berlin Prize at the American Academy, a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fellowship, the IASPIS— Sweden, a Graham Foundation contributions to New York City as a visual artist whose work is advanced, experimental, and socially visionary.

Photo credit: The installation indestructible language at the Schoolhouse, Glasgow ©2021 Mary Ellen Carroll, MEC studios with drone photography by Dougie Lindsay

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