Category Archives: The Glacier Debate

Climate Change in your Backyard?

A glance at the news and weather from around the world over the holidays shows many examples of extreme conditions – early snow in the Northern hemisphere, the coldest December since records began in the UK, heavy rains causing summer … Continue reading

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White Ice and Black Ice, by Anya Gallaccio (born 1963)

Black Ice                          The screenprint and etching by Anya Gallaccio were inspired by blocks of melting ice. The contrast between the pure, sparkly white ice and the sooty black ice remind … Continue reading

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Etudes sur les Glaciers, by Louis Agassiz (1807-1873)

                                   These strange landscapes remind me of the fantasy drawings of alien planets in my cousin’s ‘Boys Own Annuals’ from the 1960s. The glacier depicted in these … Continue reading

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Ice River, by William Stott of Oldham (1857-1900)

John Ruskin had a great passion for the ‘doom and gloom’ of mountain scenery. Stott’s moody river of ice carving through the dark slopes of Jungfrau was undoubtedly influenced by Ruskin’s encouragement for artists of the time to visit Switzerland.

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Mer de Glace, Chamonix, France, by John Ruskin

Ruskin produced this painting in 1860, at the end of the ‘Little Ice Age’, when glaciers in the Alps were far more extensive than they are today. Mer de Glace is the longest glacier in France, but has retreated so … Continue reading

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The Glacier Debate

Here in the UK we love to talk about the weather!  A quick look at Ruskin’s comments about the icy works on display will tell you that climate change has been a topic of conversation a lot longer than you might … Continue reading

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