Liam Gillick’s Some Significant Equations to wrap CBD corner

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival is thrilled to announce a major installation by acclaimed UK conceptual artist Liam Gillick.

The Turner Prize-nominated artist was one of the ‘Young British Artists’ who rose to fame in the 1990s along with Damian Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Tracey Emin and Sarah Bulloch.

Working across sculpture, film, text, publishing, music and performance, his diverse practice encompasses structural rethinking of the exhibition as a form.

Gillick’s new work commissioned for ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Some Significant Equations (pictured), is inspired by two significant papers written in the ‘60s by Japanese-born, American meteorologist and climatologist Syukuro Manabe who developed a global mathematical model to simulate climate change. In 2007 Carbon Brief published results of their survey of climate scientists to name ‘the most influential climate change paper of all time’. The clear winner was the paper published in 1967 by Syukuro Manabe.

Gillick’s project comprises a series of large graphic panels bearing some of the ground-breaking equations Manabe developed to help us better understand our planet. These graphics will be seen from 23 April – 2 June on an enormous billboard on the corner of Grattan and Swanston Streets and on a hoarding that will wrap the corner of Swanston Street and Masson Road at The Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne.

Some Significant Equations is curated by Ian Potter Museum of Art Director, Kelly Gellatly and ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 Director, Bronwyn Johnson.

Artist Liam Gillick writes.. ‘Climate change has a significant basis that is beyond question. In two significant papers written in the 1960’s Japanese born American meteorologist and climatologist Suki Manabe developed a global mathematical model to simulate climate change…the work is a tribute to his hard work and the aesthetic elegance of his equations.’

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 is a socially engaged festival of ideas, exhibitions and events. Presenting over 30 curated exhibitions across Melbourne and regional Victoria, two theatre premieres, public programs and keynote lectures the 2019 festival will consider ideas and concepts around art and activism, community engagement, energy transition and accelerated action on climate change.

Liam Gillick’s Some Significant Equations is presented by the Ian Potter Museum of Art at The University of Melbourne and CLIMARTE’s ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019.