Iceland will become a platform for Vox Naturae, an international project intended to raise awareness of the important of ice and glaciers for humankind. The project will be launched with a light and audio show in Vatnajökull National Park in September 2013.
Vox Naturae was presented at a United Nations environmental congress in Rio de Janeiro last week. Some of the world’s leading environmentalists are on its steering committee, including Zafar Adeed, UN managing director for water, environment and health, ruv.is reports.
Light artists will design a show running for approximately half an hour, lighting up Svínafellsjökull glacier. Music by Bergljót Arnalds based on the sounds of glaciers will be played in the background. The event will be broadcast live around the world.
“The purpose is to raise awareness of glaciers, how magnificent and important they are. Glaciers are the source of water for more than one sixth of the world’s population,” stated Páll Ásgeir Davíðsson, the project’s managing director.
“But we are also highlighting that the world is changing,” he added. “We should use art to raise awareness of the fact that the glaciers are disappearing and we are in fact urging people to take action with this event.”
“The basic idea is that we’re lending a voice to the glacier and according to the response I got, the glacier’s voice is very strong,” Páll Ásgeir said of the reaction to the project at the UN conference. “It will be very exciting to work on it in the coming months.”
The basis of the project was laid by Páll Ásgeir, Bergljót and Northern Lights Energy. Other parties involved include various international institutions and world renowned environmentalists. The project is also sponsored by Saga Film, N1 and Icelandair.