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How long will Donald Trump’s ice-carved face last in the Arctic melt?

According to a report in the Independent, a Finnish environmental group, Melting Ice, plan to carve Donald Trump’s face into an iceberg in the arctic region.  They are raising money in order to do this.

The Project Trumpmore sculpture will be 115 ft high.  On their website (, the group ask the question, “Will it melt or last a thousand years?” They are building it to demonstrate that climate change is real. A statement from the chairman of the group is quoted as saying, “Often people only believe something when they see it with their own eyes.”

It is well known that Mr Trump often questions whether climate change exists, or has blamed the Chinese for inventing it “in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive.”

The following statement is on the group’s website:

What are we trying to achieve?                                                                                                         Global warming is a huge, abstract concept. It’s been a topic of discussion among environmental specialists for a long time, and you see it mentioned in the news every day. Many wonderful organisations do great work in acting against it as do politicians and people all over the world. We think that in its intangibility, global warming lacks a concrete symbol. One that would prove it exists, or not. That’s what we are setting out to do: a scientific art project. We understand that our plan is ambitious, but the fact that you are reading this means that we have already succeeded, even if just a bit.

People don’t follow politicians, politicians follow people. We hope that the more conversation takes place around our monument and global warming, the better possibilities politicians have to make concrete fact based decisions.

A Crowdfunding enterprise is aiming to raise 400k Euros and the plan is to build the sculpture to match the size of the presidents on Mount Rushmore.  The sculpture will be carried out by a world-leading team of Finnish and Mongolian ice sculptors. Estimated building will take four weeks and the process will be documented and broadcast via a live feed.  The team are currently searching for a location for the project. The monument will be carved on the melting Arctic glacier, where the effect of global warming is said to be its most concrete.

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The Independent provided an image of what the sculpture may look like.