Documentation of a performance which took place in July, 2015 at Skálanes Nature Reserve outside of Seyðisfjörður, Iceland; consisting of a wood sculpture of a polar bear at a 2:1 scale being shot completely in half with a 12-gauge shotgun.
The narrative of this project takes place at two distinct times in a hypothetical future.
The first of which takes place immediately following the untimely death of the last polar bear. At this time there will be a large part of a society that will build memorials to commemorate the loss of this species we have effectively destroyed through actions that are direct or indirect. I told you so will be a phrase commonly used in discussion surrounding the creation of these statues. At this time, the hope is that these statues will stand in as a pillar of guilt as a way of providing a continued mourning for the things we just can’t get back.
Fast forward a hundred years or so. The animal we know as polar bear is long gone; the only remnant of which is the facsimile, the stand-in for the bear. As one can surely expect, it is at this time that these statues will be defaced and destroyed due to the lack of responsibility felt by the generations that never understood what fragile really meant.