Slick artwork ‘commemorates’ journalists

Published: 29 April 2015 at 14:12

‘Oil waterfall’ featuring names of climate change deniers wins Anglia Ruskin prize

The names of well-known climate change deniers feature in an “oil painting” with a difference, which has gone on display at Anglia Ruskin University.

The new artwork includes the names of journalists Melanie Phillips, James Delingpole and Christopher Booker chiselled under the words “Lest We Forget Those Who Denied”, while a constant stream of engine oil runs over the 2.2m tall memorial.

Other names to feature on the memorial stone include politicians Nigel Lawson, Christopher Monckton and Owen Paterson, the former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The work, by third year BA (Hons) Fine Art student Ian Wolter, is the winner of Anglia Ruskin University’s Sustainability Art Prize, which is an annual competition run by the Cambridge School of Art and the Global Sustainability Institute.

Ian, who lives in Saffron Walden, said:

“With this work I envisage a time when the deliberate denial of climate change will be seen as a crime because it hinders progress towards a low carbon future.” 

Dr Aled Jones, Director of Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute, said:

“The winner was chosen because of the way they approached their subject by bringing together a powerful message with a beautiful piece of art."

“The oil waterfall sculpture could be viewed in decades to come as a monument to a period of history that saw scientific knowledge battle to be heard above political ideologies.”

The prize was first awarded in 2012, to coincide with the launch of the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin. 

The competition is open to all students at Cambridge School of Art, the brief being to create a piece of work based on their own interpretation of the concept of ‘sustainability’ that reflects the aims of the Global Sustainability Institute.

The entries this year were of an incredibly high standard and came from different disciplines across the Cambridge School of Art, including photography, sculpture, video and fashion.

The Sustainability Art Prize entries are on display at the Ruskin Gallery on Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus until 16 May. The exhibition is free to attend and the Ruskin Gallery is open 10am-4.30pm, Monday to Saturday.