Sunday 21st March 2004. LONDON.
© Marina Imperi
Don't let the sun go down on Iceland
This was the message demonstrators at Tate Modern wanted to get across
today as Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson's hugely successful 'Weather
Project' exhibition - featuring a giant sun - came to an end.
The demonstrators staged an "umbrella protest" against the ALCOA dam
currently under construction in the Icelandic highlands which will see vast
swathes of Europe's last remaining wilderness flooded in 2006.
Interviewed in the Guardian newspaper on the 27/12/03 Olafur Eliasson
himself stated that his "greatest fear is that US aluminium giant ALCOA is
destroying the Icelandic highlands with the support of our government."
The Icelandic government recently announced further plans for similar
projects which, protesters say, will spoil much of Iceland's world-famous
"The government want to turn Iceland into a heavy industry hell," said one
protester, Icelandic environmentalist Olafur Pall Sigurdsson. "These mega
projects benefit nobody except the multinational companies who instigate
and build them. "
"This programme of building big dams in Iceland will drag us back into the
20th century when the rest of 21st century Europe and the US is busy
dismantling environmentally unfriendly big dams," Sigurdsson went on.
Eco-tourism is the fastest growing sector in the Icelandic economy. To
impose a programme of environmentally destructive hydro-powered heavy
industry seems, at the very least, short-sighted. For British protester Dr
David Gems it is quite simply "environmental vandalism".
Dreifimiðar sem rigndi niður af svölunum á mótmælunum á Tate Modern og mótmælaáletrun á regnhlífunum:
DONT LET THE SUN GO DOWN
ON ICELANDS BEAUTIFUL NATURE
DAM BUILDING IN ICELAND WILL DROWN EUROPES LAST GREAT
STOP PRISTINE ICELAND BEING TURNED INTO A HEAVY INDUSTRY HELL
ICELANDIC GOVERNMENT -
PIMPS OF NATURE
BOYCOTT BARCLAYS BANK -
THEY FUND THE DROWNING
STOP WAR ON NATURE
NO HEAVY INDUSTRY HELL
ALCOA! HANDS OFF ICELAND
ALCOA - ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMINALS
ICELANDIC GOVERNMENT: NATURE VANDALS
ALCOA: DAM VANDALS
ALCOA OUT OF ICELAND
ICELAND - POWER MAD
DAMN YOUR DAMS
28. nóvember 2002: Miljøaktivister i protest mod dansk byggefirma MetroXpressen (in Danish) "Modstanden med opførelsen af en af Europas største dæmninger i Island med store naturødeleggelser til følge er nået til Danmark."