Contemporary Air Archive (2019 & ongoing)

If global temperatures continue to rise, we can speculate that in the future,­­ our generation’s layer of ice will melt and no longer be present in the natural archive. Therefore, this project undertakes creating a tangible, observable and sustainable archive of today’s air—through the creation of glass structures—for future scientists to discover.

The glass archive was started in May 2019 and is ongoing. Around the beginning of each month, when the wind comes from sea, I fill two glasses with air on the beach of Scheveningen (NL). The first edition of air is intended for exhibitions and the second edition is carefully archived for scientists in the future. 

This project is a sequel of Climate Archive.

You can become co-keeper of the archive. Visit ‘shop’ for more information.

In collaboration with Wilfred Kalf, we are now creating cabinets per year of air. After ten years, the cabinets can stand in a circle. The wood we use is sustainably sourced by Wilfred himself and varies every two years, depending what is locally available. 

The air of 2021 & 2022

The air of 2019 & 2020. The cabinet of 2019 is smaller, because the archive was started in May.