World Without Ice

  • Dates: June 3, 2022 - July 24, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Location: The Dennos Museum Center
  • Northwestern Michigan College Campus, 1410 College Dr
  • Traverse City, MI 49686
  • Time: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • (231) 995-1055
  • About

    Musicians, composers and artists Michael Gould, Stephen Rush and Marion Trankle have collaborated with climate scientist Henry Pollack to create this multimedia installation that captures a precarious moment in the history of our planet. Part science and part art, this collaboration is a ground-breaking, thought-provoking and compelling multisensory experience focusing on Earth's changing climate

    The collaboration takes its inspiration from Henry Pollack's book A World Without Ice. An original composition by Stephen Rush along with musical patterns and structure derived from a century of climate data anchors the installation. An innovative ice-melt actuated instrument comprising suspended ice domes melting drip-by-drip onto an array of differently tuned drums complements Rush's score. A film by Marion Trankle blends beautiful photographs from both the Arctic and the Antarctic, providing a gorgeous, slowly-evolving large-scale visual envelope for the installation. The overall narrative of the imagery takes the viewer from a totality of ice, slowly evolving into landscapes of ice, land and water, eventually reaching an enveloping ocean that characterizes Earth without ice.

    The exhibit creates a unique space in which visitors can contemplate Earth’s changing climate and shape their own perspectives of this ongoing global transformation. No visitor leaves the installation unchanged.