Oxfam used ice sculptures to bring the plight of drought-stricken people to the attention of people attending the United Nations conference on climate change in Copenhagen in December 2009. Huge statues of Maasai people were carved at the end of the first week of negotiations, over twelve hours on December 10. The 3m high sculptures, a man and a woman holding a baby, were sculpted with chainsaws from 4 tonnes of ice by Danish artists Soren Nielsen, Morten Moller and Mikael Plougstrup Nielsen. The Maasai are an indigenous African ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in semi-arid lands in Kenya and northern Tanzania.
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