Change: World’s first permanent “floating” polar art exhibit makes it debut aboard new Arctic-bound ship this Spring

The world’s first permanent ship-based polar art installation will make its debut to the public this spring.

Entitled Change, the unique exhibit will be curated by artist Zaria Forman and highlights the effects of climate change. The collection includes drawings, paintings, video, photography, sculpture, and more from over 35 artists all personally curated by Forman.

The floating exhibit will be housed on the National Geographic Endurance ship, a new build for Lindblad Expeditions debuting this April. Rather than housed in a designated gallery, the entire ship – both public and private spaces – have been utilised for art purposes.

From polar light and intimate looks at vast geographies, to human history and exploration in polar regions, to how we have come to understand it, Change provides guests the richest polar experience possible – and provokes thought and change.

The exhibit includes experiential pieces, like a John Grade sculpture of glass and resin suspended from the ceiling that invites guests inside to enter sea ice floating on the surface of the ocean. Replicas of ice cores taken from Greenland’s ice sheet will run the span of a four-storey staircase. Glass portholes that look into tiny hyper-realistic environments sculpted by Patrick Jacobs will reveal themselves with fisheye luminosity. The crackle of ice, looped on a sound recording, will provide guests the ability to hear the melodic songs of air trapped in the ice for hundreds of thousands of years being released into the atmosphere as a glacier melts.

Change also includes a new piece by Zaria Forman specifically for the exhibit after her two-year journey with NASA’s science missions to track shifting ice.

In a statement, Zaria Forman said: “Every piece of art is proof of the profound impact this environment can have on an individual. The exhibit will be a shared experience, enabling our guests to feel part of something much larger than their own individual observations. And hopefully, it will guide them down the path closest to my heart—to be so moved by the landscapes that lay in front them, they will want to protect and preserve them.”

Guests will have access to both guided and self-guided tours while sailing as well. What’s more is that the new ship, Endurance, will take passengers to these places to witness the fragile beauty first hand as it was designed to navigate polar passages year-round.

Lindblad Expeditions is an expedition travel company that works in partnership with National Geographic on its ship-based voyages to inspire people to explore and care about the planet. The organisations work in tandem to produce innovative marine expedition programs and to promote conservation and sustainable tourism around the world.

The National Geographic Endurance ship will go further into the Arctic than any other passenger vessel has gone before.

Image Credits: Zaria Forman photo/David Vargas, Lindblad Expeditions, Zaria Forman

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at

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