Angry Tundra: see first posting March 2008

Saturday, March 1, 2008

First posting

Angry Tundra oil on canvas 100*100 cm

I have to start somewhere, so why not in Siberia?
I was inspired by the incredible 5 part BBC television documentary "Power of the Planet" to go look for the effects of global warming on the Tundra areas in Siberia -using Google Earth - how else would I get there? In the series a scientist shows how the melting tundra causes enormous amounts of methane to build up under the numerous lakes in the area. She hacks a hole in the frozen water and lights up the outflowing methane. The result was a flare several meters high! Anyway, this melting tundra is an extra worry for climate scientists because methane has a far greater warming effect than CO2. So I went looking for a strong image to convey the feeling. It resulted in a painting which further develops my emotional response to what's happening there. Hence the title:
Angry Tundra.


  1. hey Pap! echt een mooie site! heel fijn dat er tenminste mensen zijn die het belang inzien van dat klimaat verandering iets si wat serieus aandacht nodig heeft! Ik vind dat je echt schilder talent hebt en ik vind het mooi dat het schilderij met de smeltende gletsjers op het hoofd van een puinguin lijkt die het ook niet fijn heeft. ga zo door met je geweldige idee van google earth art!


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