The Melting Vitruvian Man - Greenpeace and Artist Recreate Da Vinci Sketch

by Malte Humpert The dramatic decline of the Arctic ice sheet prompted aerial artist John Quigley to reproduce Da Vinci's famous sketch "Vitruvian Man" - a male figure in two superimposed positions with its arms and legs apart- on the ice sheet some 500 miles from the North Pole. Quigley, who travelled to the Arctic aboard Greenpeace's icebreaker Arctic Sunrise calls his soccer-field-sized artwork "Melting Vitruvian Man." It depicts a male figure whose arms and legs are melting into the ocean to highlight the disappearing ice. 

In an online press conference Greenpeace said they designed the Vitruvian Man to represent how "climate change is eating into the body of our civilization." The environmental organization says that the recreation will continue to shrink every year. As more and more of the ice float disappears the "Melting Virtruvian Man", constructed out of copper pipes, will be lost to climate change.