*Due to public health concerns relating to COVID-19, this event has been cancelled*
This year’s Edinburgh Science Festival sees an innovative approach to visualising our carbon footprint, including a walk across the city and the chance to help build an artwork.
The Carbon Walk, developed by Dr Romain Viguier – SCCS colleague and artist – leads people from a meeting point at Our Dynamic Earth to the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). The twist? Participants will carry a bag weighing 5kg, the equivalent of 3.5 hours of the average carbon footprint in the UK.
On arriving at the ECCI, the apprentice artists will help construct a community art installation representing one tonne of carbon dioxide.
Romain Viguier (above right, with Emily Raemaekers at the festival programme launch) explained: “I wanted to create something tangible to convey just how much CO2 an average person in the UK generates during their daily life. It’s essential that we tackle carbon emissions so how do we do it? Our event suggests that it’s just like walking – by taking one step at a time, we can turn our carbon-based economy around.”
The event forms part of the popular Edinburgh Science Festival’s programme of activities taking place across the city from 4-19 April. There will be two led walks on Saturday 11 April, at 11am and 2pm, and participants should wear sensible footwear and waterproof clothing.
This years’ festival theme is the elements and their role in the challenges facing society, chiefly climate change. To book a free place on the Carbon Walk, visit the festival’s website and select “Tickets”.
Download 2020 brochure here.
The Edinburgh Science Festival is closely monitoring the latest advice from the Scottish Government, UK Government and Public Health Scotland. They will be keeping this web page up-to-date in the lead up to the festival.
About the artist
Romain Viguier trained as a sculptor at Ecole des Beaux Arts de Grenoble. After a PhD in molecular chemistry he continued his engagement with art while pursuing a career in science and technology. He currently works for Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage at the University of Edinburgh.
Romain recently started to work on an art and science commission for ScotCHEM, a collaboration of Scotland’s university chemistry departments.
Following a successful networking event at the Dundee’s V&A Museum in 2019, two pairs of artists and chemistry researchers each won a £1,000 commission to collaboratively produce an artwork.
Romain will work with Mairi Haddow, a crystallographer, to explore “observed misalignments” and “disorganised zones” within organised matter. Their work will produce a series of artworks that will highlight key societal questions.
Top photo: Romain Viguier with Emily Raemaekers of the Edinburgh Science Festival at the programme launch; main photo: Romain ran a similar event in early 2019, which finished at the Edinburgh College of Art's Tent Gallery in West Port and featured a number of art installations.