If you think Greenland is all about snow and ice, you’d be surprised to see how developed and how modern it is. Particularly in Nuuk, its capital. The buildings, architecture, energy, fashion, music, IT, it’s amazingly developed. And we wanted to show the modern side of the society in this episode.
One of Nuuk’s must-visits is Katuaq, the cultural center. So Chris met with modern artists–Julie Hardenberg, Inuk Hoegh, and Nanook.
Julie is a movie poster designer but in fact, none of them are actual movies. “I wanted to make posters about [Greenland’s] everyday heroes,” she said, to raise Greenlanders’ self-esteem and pride. She has created 16 posters so far of firefighters, policemen, doctors, students who strive for the country’s independence, among others. And the models are actually in the profession.
Inuk is a sculptor who makes sculptures that combine the traditional Tupilak and modern plastic toys. Uungaa is a photographer of Greenland’s nature but only in black and white. Nanook is one of the most popular bands in Greenland whose music reminds of that of Coldplay.
If the whole morning was about the 21st century of Greenland, in the afternoon the crew made a visit to the world’s oldest mountain. Here we’re talking about some 3.8 billion years old. Chris and the crew took the helicopter with a special guest, professor and geologist Minik Rosing. (The day the crew arrived in Nuuk, we turned on the TV and saw Dr. Rosing interviewed for the National Geographic channel. What a coincidence!)
Dr. Rosing was very talented in explaining the mere rocks very interestingly. Geology can be a very boring subject but he was good at making it sound fascinating. But yet it was not the only thing he was good at. It turned out that he can communicate with reindeers! Take a look!