On the 17th of October 2018, NASA posted a photograph of a tabular iceberg on Twitter: its shape made it a strange image of order in a world where climate change and rising waters are associated solely with visions of chaos.
French visual artist Hugo Livet saw this image, and like many others questioned who had created it: Surely it could not be a product of nature? Inspired by this strange sheet of ice found floating near the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, Livet decided to create his own angular icebergs in a series titled ‘Derivé’. “The first thing that came to my mind while looking at the picture was ‘who did that?’”, Livet explains. “I then realized that it was the work of nature—but was it really?” Using photographs of bodies of ice that he found available royalty-free on the internet, Livet reconfigured their content to create his series of angular icebergs.