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Fridge Igloo

  • Posted by Neil Simonton on November 2, 2010 in Art
  • Berlin-based artist Ralf Schmerberg has built an igloo made of 322 old fridges in a public square in Hamburg, Germany. The 11-meter wide sculpture includes a massive electricity meter that shows the crazy amount of energy the fridges are using.

    The piece, called "Wastefulness Is the Biggest Source of Energy," also contains a plaque listing all the materials used that went into the project, including "35 pairs of gloves, 487 sandwiches by mommy, 49,000 calories, and 120 leisure-time beers."

    Underneath the sculpture's playful absurdism, there's a powerful message about excessive energy consumption in the Western world. But the question arises, how the hell is the thing being powered? If not by renewable energy, it kind of defeats the point.

    For more, check out this video of the fridge igloo under construction.

    (via Wired)

    Photos: Axel Bruns (left), Moritz Bappert (right)


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