Ecotopian Library

Basia Irland                     
Tome 1, 2007
From the Ice Book, Boulder Creek series
Photograph of sculpture made of ice and seeds
A 250-pound book was carved from clear ice and embedded with a seed text of Mountain Maple (Acer spicatum), Columbine flowers (Aquilegia coerulea), and Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens). Six people carried the heavy book out into the current of Boulder Creek. Arapahoe Glacier, which provides a large percentage of Boulder’s drinking water, is receding rapidly due to climate disruption. From where will Boulder get its water when the glacier is gone?
Ice Books give physical form to dialogue and scientific understanding of climate change's impact on our rivers, and the way the melting of these books represents both a kind of renewal as they disperse their seeds and a reminder of the ice being lost daily in the arctic. -Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, Poets and Writers Magazine