CO2 Cubes by Alfio Bonanno
and Christophe Cornubert



Artist Alfio Bonanno and architect Christophe Cornubert will present an installation representing a metric ton of carbon dioxide in Copenhagen next month, while the city hosts the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).


The cube, measuring 27 feet by 27 feet by 27 feet, represents the monthly carbon footprint of the average person, or the amount of carbon produced by each US citizen in two weeks.


Here's some info about the project:


On December 7th, world leaders committed to battle climate change will gather in Copenhagen at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC). Through the use of art, architecture and pioneering technology, the CO2 CUBES  will show leaders and citizens alike, the physical manifestation of one person's carbon footprint.


Measuring 27' x 27' x 27', the CO2 CUBES represent one metric ton of carbon dioxide. The structure mirrors the carbon footprint that an average citizen emits during one month; this same amount is produced by a U.S. citizen in only two weeks.


The Cubes, created by artist Alfio Bonanno and LA-based architect Christophe Cornubert, a Reitveld Architecture Prize recipient, will be situated near St. Jorgens Lake and the Tycho Brache Planetarium. In addition, the interactive media delivery system features multiple screens programmed into a 24-hour cycle. Developed by innovators Obscura Digital, the system incorporates video streams, real-time data, and practical solutions that will help to slow climate change.


With international leaders, UN officials, organizations and media in attendance, the Convention on Climate Change has a dual objective of inspiring policy makers and global citizens. It is estimated that the CO2 CUBES will reach an international audience of 420 million. Content will be distributed via digital & broadcast media outlets as well as through social networking sites and partner websites.

Posted on Monday November 30th 2009 at 9:11 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Tyler

    I wonder how much carbon one of these cubes produces during it’s production, exhibition, and eventual disposal. Seems like it’s just making the problem worse to me.

  • Josh
  • testek

    great. the world needs more giant TVs. it also needs more movie stars and
    politicians flying around in private jets to propagate the ‘new green’.

  • @Tyler and testek, well said. I also thought that there was a difference between propaganda and art.

  • KDS

    The reflections in the water are all wrong…


    Powerful message, and a much needed one. With the way discussions are being framed now in the Canadian and American government, it seems the meeting at Copenhagen will bare no fruit.

  • I’d be more impressed if the cube changed with pressure and temperature.

  • We didn’t see much to it at the conference, did we? ;)

    I think symbols and such are great, but it’s time people take more action on actually reducing the CO2 emissions. We have enough ambassadors and symbols to inspire people, now it’s time those inspired people don’t just try to inspire other people, but actually take action. I know there are a lot of people taking action out there, but we can’t get enough, right? :)

    I just registered one of my websites as a CO2 Neutral Website and am looking into more online initiatives to help the environment. I would seriously advise more webmasters to do the same as well.