The Last Glacier collective began in 2010 as a response to the rapidly retreating glaciers of Glacier National Park in Montana, USA. Over the course of four years, Anderson, Crownover and van Coller hiked through valleys, up streams and over mountains to visit the last glaciers in the “crown jewel of the continent,” Glacier National Park.
The experiences of hiking, seeing and touching were transformative to the artists. Glaciers, one of the mightiest forces of the natural world, revealed themselves as fragile and more responsive to human impacts than ever imagined. To share the beauty and wonder of the park's signature feature, the artists created handmade, large-scale artist's books (edition of 15) and individual artworks of the glaciers. The United States Geological Survey predicts Glacier National Park's glaciers to be extinct by 2020. As such, the project additionally serves as a compendium and historical documentation of the park’s last glaciers.
The Last Glacier continues to produce limited-edition artistic projects, such as Fissure, that have very specific visions of the natural world. The artists are currently working on unique projects based in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, USA, and on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Leading scientific minds, including Dr. Andrew Fountain (Portland, Oregon) and Dr. Douglas Hardy (Amherst, Massachusetts), respectively, are contributing to these two projects. Additional, future projects are continually being planned.