Mar 2022

Les Glaces Racontent – Frozen Archives

In November 1992, ‘Les Glaces Racontent – Frozen Archives’ put the story of Danish ice core research on the international agenda with a large-scale, European travel exhibition, which HRH Prince Joachim officially inaugurated at The House of Denmark; Denmark’s showcase situated on the Champs Elysées, Paris, France. A thrilling and interactive travelling story about the Greenland Ice Core Project (GRIP), which was funded by the Danish Ministry of Education, and administered by the Danish Polar Center. We were responsible for exhibition design.

Ice cores from the Greenland ice sheet capture extensive information about past climate conditions. They tell us how the Earth’s temperature has changed over more than 100,000 years. Layers of rain and snow effectively store a thermometer. This reveals the temperature of the cloud from which the precipitation fell. A discovery we can thank geophysicist Willi Dansgaard (1922-2011) and his research team for. In July 1992, they made climate research history by hitting the bedrock at a depth of 3029 metres with the ice core drill, ISTUK.