In the past ten years, arts foundations, environmental groups, and governments have encouraged artists to visit the Arctic, where the climate is warming most rapidly. These artists document dramatic changes in the Far North that already affect animal populations, like the polar bears, and many indigenous people and their traditional cultural traditions and their livelihood. Visual artists, playwrights, musicians, and writers have captured a quickly transforming landscape as they seek to make this distant cold world more accessible for people living in countries that need to pursue climate action plans.
Last month in the Art House, we featured playwright Chantal Bilodeau and her plays set in the Arctic. This month takes another trip to the far North to experience the beautiful and strange sounds that fill the Arctic.
Artist Fritz Horstman talks about his trip to the Arctic Circle to take underwater photographs. The visual landscape of the frozen and thawing North captivated him, but the sounds really inspired him. He asked his fellow artists on the voyage to recreate the creaks and groans of the glaciers for his video, Ice Voices.
Coming up next month, hear poet Tyree Daye read from his book of poetry, River Hymns.
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This article is part of The Art House series.
As host of Citizens’ Climate Radio, Peterson Toscano regularly features artists who address climate change in their work. The Art House section of his program includes singer/songwriters, visual artists, comics, creative writers, and playwrights. Through a collaboration with Artists and Climate Change and Citizens’ Climate Education, each month Peterson will reissue The Art House for this blog. If you have an idea for The Art House, contact Peterson: radio @ citizensclimatelobby.org