● temporarily suspended
● Pleistocene Park, Cherskiy, Sakha (Yakutia), Siberia, Russia
Permafrost is a permanently frozen layer below Earth's surface. It consists of soil, gravel, and sand, usually bound together by ice. The disturbing effects of global warming are the most visible in the region of the Arctic Circle, which mostly consists of permafrost: the melting permafrost releases toxic gases and deadly bacteria and viruses that have been preserved in the frozen soil for millions of years. Moreover, melting permafrost poses a threat to ecosystems and their biodiversity and causes landslides and geological accidents.
The Giant Steps team is currently working on its next installation with Pleistocene Park
, a Siberian nature reserve, the goal of which is to restore highly productive grazing ecosystems in the Arctic. A one-kilometre-long installation in the shape of a giant footprint will be implemented on the indigenous land of Sakha (Yakutia) in Siberia, Russia. With the help of the local scientists, artists and shamans, we would create an unforgettable celebration of humanity's actions towards the preservation of permafrost.
The Giant Step in Siberia is planned as a part of a bigger initiative called «The Arctic Circle Walk» which would include creating the Giant Steps installation in every country of the Arctic Circle (Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland).
The project is currently suspended due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.