At more than two metres tall, Memorial is an imposing monument that features a steady ‘waterfall’ of engine oil running across the carved names of known climate change deniers. Prior to being selected by the Sustainability Art Prize, Memorial was rejected by two high profile venues who saw it as too political or too risqué because it named living individuals. While on show at the GSI exhibition it was visited by one of the listed climate change sceptics, Christopher Monckton, who threatened to destroy it and who later wrote: “To put one’s name on a tombstone while one is still alive is to make a death threat, the nastiest and most repellent of hate speech.”
It has also been called “… a masterpiece of denier commentary” on political blog Daily Kos.
Sustainability Art Prize 2015, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge
Art Language Location 2015, ARU, Cambridge