Since 2004, Marek Ranis has been working on a series of pieces
under the collective theme of Albedo (Latin: white), defined
as a measure of reflectivity of a surface or body. A sheet
of white paper has Albedo of 1; a sheet of black paper has
Albedo of 0. Currently, the Earth’s Albedo is 0.3 and
decreasing as a result of global warming diminishing areas
of snow and ice. Marek addresses the romantic aspect of our
relationship with the evolving climate and environment to
express the sense of loss and melancholy of disappearing landscapes.
While surreal to see a black iceberg on a tropical beach,
there is a relationship between the two: predicted melting
of glacial ice will cause a dramatic rise in sea levels, flooding
Florida’s coast. Marek Ranis teaches sculpture at the
University of North Carolina in Charlotte.
15' x 10' x 10'
Fort Zachary Taylor
Photos by Karley Klopfenstein