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

Ways of Protest 2020, Elysium, Swansea

Press Links:

Cambridge News “Climate change art by Cambridge student”

Daily Kos, “Monckton outfoxed by a calendar I n his fight to censor art”

Ingenious Pursuits “Tombstone Blues”

The Daily Mail, interview with James Delingpole

The Guardian “Why climate action needs the arts”

The Independent “Climate-change sceptic Viscount Monckton of Brenchley criticises tombstone artwork”

The Telegraph “More heat than light in climate change debate”’

About Ian Wolter

Ian Wolter is an award winning artist and sculptor. His public works include Safe Haven, the memorial to the Kindertransport, in Harwich and the Children of Calais in Saffron Walden. He’s the recipient of the Arte Laguna Prize (Venice), RomArt Sculpture Prize (Rome) and the Sustainability Art Prize (UK).