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Sculptural outcry – real size copper polar bear will stage the climate catastrophe and make Obama & world leaders act!
Sculptural outcry – real size copper polar bear will stage the climate catastrophe and make Obama & world leaders act!
Sculptural outcry – real size copper polar bear will stage the climate catastrophe and make Obama & world leaders act!
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Unbearable – Polar bear impaled by CO2Graph in Paris.

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Unbearable in progress, and pre-models
Unbearable in progress, and pre-models

Through the NGO Art In Defence Of Humanism (AIDOH) we use sculptural art to visualize the injustice and oppresion that occurs all over the world. While people forget politics and statistics, they remember our strong sculptural expressions.

The huge Unbearable sculpture is to be displayed at COP21 in Paris in December, the most important UN Climate Conference in years. The eye-catching sculpture will be the symbol of how human activity affects the global climate and remind the public of our responsibility to future generations.

A 20 meter long climate graph, impales the Polar Bear in 6 meters height. The graph shows cumulative global fossil fuel carbon emissions. It starts in year 0 and continues along the ground for 17 meters. Then rises dramatically around year 1850 as human consumption of fossil fuels like coal and oil takes off. The graph ends in year 2015, six meters above the ground impaling the polar bear.

Help make this a reality at COP 21
Help make this a reality at COP 21

Making the Sculpture 

At gallery Galschiot we have more than 20 years of experience in making large copper sculptures (see Gallery). Our engineer has made the technical calculations on how to make the structure for the CO2-graph and the polar bear. In short we have the capacity to realize the sculpture. However we need funds to realize the project.

The Polar Bear is molded. Later is will be cast in copper.
The Polar Bear is molded. Later is will be cast in copper.

The artist & Crew

Artist Jens Galschiot (Wikipedia) is known for his gigantic, political sculptural art happenings all over the world. "Internationally, Galschiot could be characterized as one of the most significant Danish artists of late modernity. (...) He is among the best-known Danish artists abroad. (...) Galschiot creates international happenings to highlight the present imbalance of the World". By Bruun Rasmussen, Scandinavia's largest auction of fine Arts.

Jens Galschiøt on the project: "I am creating the sculpture Unbearable to stage humanity's negative effects on our climate. At first sight the sculpture might seem foolish or tragicomical. But then you realize that a polar bear is being pierced by a graph of carbon emissions created by human consumption. Many believe that we are on the right path to solving the climate crisis, but we won't get there unless we change our ways – now!"

The Crew & Aidoh. At the 2000 sqm. workshop Gallery Galschiot, loads of volunteers and a couple of employees work days and some nights to finish the big sculptural art happenings. This is also where we produce the smaller "nice and payable" sculptures – like the rewards. The sale from these sculptures finance the workshop and the NGO 'Art In Defence Of Humanism' (AIDOH). www.aidoh.dk

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The Unbearable crew
The Unbearable crew

Rewards  

All reward-sculptures and material are made by hand in our large art studio in Odense, Denmark. This is also where we build up the Unbearable sculpture and other big sculptures. The limited reward sculptures are signed by the artist.

Rewards
Rewards
Second badge rewards
Second badge rewards

Placing the sculpture in Paris

Unbearable is to be placed at the very entrance to COP21, meaning that world leaders and media cannot avoid it. At the moment WWF France is working on permissions for that. If this is not possible, it will be centrally placed in Paris.

The media  

Our goal is to make Unbearable become the unofficial logo for COP21. It is to be the symbol of climate changes, and for that we need media coverage. Conferences are "unsexy" to report about and Unbearable will provide meaningful, good pictures and an interesting story, ideal for media.  

CNN, BBC and other leading world media covered our happenings during COP15 in Copenhagen, in Kenya, Hong Kong etc. We are confident that there will be even more front pages about Unbearable. The press will easily pick up the story. And just to be sure we are going to send out press releases and info letters through our international mailing list of 90.000(!) email-addresses.

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The funding

Art In Defense Of Humanism (AIDOH) is nonprofit organization. And though most people work voluntarily and every penny is turned twice, there are loads expenses realizing the Unbearable project. 

  • Large amounts of Wax and Copper to build the sculpture.
  • Materials to build the inside steel construction. 
  • Transport of sculpture to and from Paris and renting crane to put up the sculpture. 
  • A bit of food to the volunteers making the sculpture. 
  • Lots of unforeseen costly details  

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Stretch goal 1 (US$15,000)

This funding we will use to "take down" Paris.  

  • Demonstration Parade! We bring 8 carts with smoking statues of liberties, klezmer music, a large number of climate-refugee sculptures and "hunger boys" struck by climate changes. All will be part of the summits demonstration march to put focus on the consequences of climate changes. If you are in Paris you are welcome to join the parade! 
Demonstration parade - COP21, Denmark & Rio+20, Brazil.
Demonstration parade - COP21, Denmark & Rio+20, Brazil.

Stretch goal 2 (US$30,000)

  • Freedom to pollute: we bring our 8 meter tall model of the statue of liberty. From her torch smoke pours out, and on board is written "freedom to pollute". If possible we will place the sculpture under the Eiffel Tower! 
  • Refugee ship: if possible we will bring a rented ship and fill it with sculptures of climate refugees and sail it around The Seine (main river) (note that it is a bit uncertain if this can be done, but we are looking into it.)
Climate related sculptures to bring to Paris
Climate related sculptures to bring to Paris

Stretch goal 3 (US$1,000,000)  

  • Happening Mania: Galschiot and Art In Defense Of Humanism goes happening crazy, realizing all kinds of socially focused projects that we've been wanting to do for years! 

Risks and challenges

Making Unbearable: We have the experience and capacity to make the big sculpture!

The Rewards. Are already being produced and will be ready to be send.

Placing the sculpture; We need to get closer to COP21 before we can confirm where the Unbearable sculpture will be placed during the summit. But we do have good contacts and it will go to Paris!

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    Pledge DKK 33 or more About $5

    (5 $) BEAR HUG
    A virtual hug and a digital card thanking you for supporting the art project.

    Invitation to join our art-sculpture-parade at COP21 demonstration in Paris this December. We have music, fliers and perhaps coffee :)

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    (15 $) WALL PAPER + REFRESHMENT
    Digital, signed color photo - can be used as a Wall Paper

    Invitation to join COP21 demonstration in Paris where the (Unbearable) crew will offer some refreshing to drink.

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    (25$) EXCLUSIVE COLOR PRINT
    Luxury printet special photo from the making of the Unbearable project. 20 pieces, each numbered and signed by the artist.

    Invitation to join our art-sculpture-parade at COP21 demonstration in Paris this December. We have klezmer music and perhaps coffee :)

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    Pledge DKK 520 or more About $78

    (80 $) BRONZE PENDANT & NECKLACE
    Original pendant made in solid bronze, in shape of the polar bear from the sculpture. Comes with a leather necklace.

    Comes with a card, signed by the artist thanking you for supporting the art project.

    Gallery Price 100$.

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    Pledge DKK 650 or more About $98

    (100$) IMPALED POLAR BEAR
    Original polar bear (3,5 cm) sculpture in bronze. Impaled on a steel spike. The sculpture is numbered and signed by the artist (300 pieces in total).

    Comes with a card, signed by the artist Jens Galschiot thanking you for supporting the art project.

    Gallery price 125$ - limited offer on Kickstarter.

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    (108$) IMPALED POLAR BEAR
    Original polar bear (3,5 cm) sculpture in bronze. Impaled on a steel spike. The sculpture is numbered and signed by the artist (300 pieces in total).

    Comes with a card, signed by the artist Jens Galschiot thanking you for supporting the art project.

    Gallery price 125$ - limited offer on Kickstarter.

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    Pledge DKK 870 or more About $131

    (135$) SILVER PENDANT & NECKLACE
    Your own silver bear – and you don’t even have to be an actor!

    Original pendant made in solid silver, in shape of the polar bear from the sculpture. Comes with a leather necklace and thank you-card.

    Gallery price 170$.

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    Pledge DKK 880 or more About $133

    (135$) BRONZE BEAR ON Co2-GRAPH
    Original Unbearable sculpture. Bronze polar bear (3,5 cm) impaled on a graph of human CO2 emissions.

    The sculpture is numbered and signed by the artist (100 pieces in total).

    Comes with a card, signed by the artist Jens Galschiot thanking you for supporting the art project.

    Gallery price 170$ - limited offer on Kickstarter.

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    Pledge DKK 6,175 or more About $932

    (950$) UNBEARABLE IMPALED
    Original sculpture in massive bronze. 9cm Polar Bear, impaled on a steel spike.

    Unique, limited edition artwork. 30 pieces, individually numbered and signed by artist Jens Galschiot.

    Comes with a card, signed by the artist thanking you for supporting the art project.

    Gallery price 1,200$ - time limited offer on kickstarter.

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    Pledge DKK 8,450 or more About $1,275

    (1,300$) UNBEARABLE SCULPTURE.
    Original model of the big sculpture. Polar bear in massive bronze (9cm), impaled on a steel graph.

    Unique, limited edition (20 pieces in total) artwork. Individually numbered and signed by the artist.

    Comes with a card, signed by the artist thanking you for supporting the art project.

    Gallery price 1,500$ - time limited offer on kickstarter.

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    Pledge DKK 11,700 or more About $1,765

    (1,800$) LARGE UNBEARABLE IMPALED
    Unique, limited edition (20pieces in total)sculpture.

    20cm high copper model of the original polar bear, impaled on a large steel spike.

    Each is individually numbered and signed by artist Jens Galschiot.

    Comes with a card, signed by the artist thanking you for supporting the art project.

    Gallery price 2200$ - time limited offer on kickstarter.

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