A “sinking house” sculpture has appeared next to an iconic bridge ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

Placed in the Pulteney Weir in Bath, the art installation is said to represent the tipping point of the climate emergency.

The architectural practice behind the installation, Stride Treglown in partnership with Format Engineers, wanted to send a message about the need for action on climate before the conference where it is hoped that world leaders will address the climate emergency.

The red 5.5m by 3.5m house, which appears to be semi-submerged in the water in front of the Pulteney Bridge, has a sculpture of a person on its roof which is clinging on to a cord. The cord reads “COP26” and is attached to the bridge, stopping the house from sinking.

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Greta Thunberg inspiration for art installation

Inspired by Greta Thunberg’s “Our house is on fire” speech at the 2019 World Economic Forum and influenced by the devastating floods in Europe this year, the installation represents how COP26 offers the world hope and a lifeline to avert disaster.

Timber has been used to construct the house to ensure the structure is low carbon while efforts were made to minimise transport emissions and keep the installation as sustainable as possible.

Once the installation is dismantled, all of the timber will be donated to the nearby Bristol Wood Recycling Project.

The local Sea Cadets have been engaged from the beginning of the project, donating their pontoon to help float the structure and create the submerged effect.

It is hoped that the picturesque location of the sculpture will be photographed and shared by the thousands of visitors Bath attracts to help spread the message globally.

Calls for 'meaningful action' from COP26

Rob Delius, Stride Treglown’s Head of Sustainability, said: “We at Stride Treglown are conscious of how we have a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment but also be a catalyst for positive change.

“Ahead of COP26, we encourage world leaders to recognise the importance of this opportunity to take meaningful action.

“We hope that this installation, which has been a collective community effort, helps that message to sink in.”

Pulteney Bridge 'perfect location' to send climate action message

Councillor Sarah Warren, Deputy Leader of Bath & North East Somerset Council and Cabinet Leader for Climate and Sustainable Travel said: “The council is proud and excited that Stride Treglown and Format Engineers have worked with the community, businesses and a local artist to bring this concept to life in the centre of our city.

“Positioning this art installation in the water in front of the iconic Pulteney Bridge means it will be seen by thousands of residents and visitors and will hopefully inspire conversations about the long-term impacts of climate change and the importance of working collaboratively to protect the environment.”

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On the design concept and climate emergency, Anna Gillespie, Artist, said: “The iconic Pulteney Bridge is known throughout the world and is the perfect location to send the message about the need for action.

“The recent floods signify just a small part of the effects of Climate Change: we must all act now to save the planet.

“Contributing to this message through the arts is just a small part of what I can do to ensure protecting our environment is the top priority.”

The installation will be in position for two weeks until November 7.