Polytech exhibit for show on ice

Innovation workSpace designer Lewis Earl (26) and graphic designer Irene van der Meer (24) with a graph measuring carbon dioxide which is to feature as part of Christchurch's annual IceFest exhibition. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
Innovation workSpace designer Lewis Earl (26) and graphic designer Irene van der Meer (24) with a graph measuring carbon dioxide which is to feature as part of Christchurch's annual IceFest exhibition. Photo by Peter McIntosh.

An Otago Polytechnic team is busy putting together exhibits after winning a contract to work on Christchurch's annual IceFest exhibition.

The team has been tasked with exploring the effects of carbon dioxide (CO2) and rising temperatures in the Antarctic for the exhibition, which showcases the Christchurch's relationship with the frozen continent.

Innovation workSpace designer Lewis Earl and graphic designer Irene van der Meer have led the project, which will go on show in September.

Mr Earl said the part of the exhibition they were working on looked at how the continent had been affected by CO2 throughout Earth's history.

It was once forested.

They would also show the potential effects on the continent and the rest of the planet if humans continued to produce dangerous levels of CO2.

''I suppose [the organisers] wanted to make it quite clear that although climate change is a natural occurrence, the rate at which it's happening now is not.''

''It's been accelerated by our own activities.''

The multimedia exhibits they were developing included a photo booth which encouraged visitors to pledge personal action to reduce personal CO2 emissions.

vaughan.elder@odt.co.nz