Dateline : August 29, 2014 Posted by Ligorano/Reese

New Ice Sculpture NYC September 2014

Dawn of the Anthropocene

On the morning of September 21, 2014, we will install a 3,000-pound ice sculpture of the words The Future at the intersection of Broadway and 23rd Streets at Flat Iron North Plaza in New York City. This public art work coincides with the U.N. Climate Summit and the Peoples Climate March to underscore the necessity for immediate action to confront global warming.

We plan for The Future, measuring 21 feet wide and 5 feet tall, to melt away. During this process we photograph and film the installation’s disappearance posting it on the internet in real-time. This event overlaps many art forms, it’s part sculpture, part installation, part performance, and an internet media event. But most of all, we make art for social change installing temporary public sculptures to mark important historical events. The Climate Summit is that and more.

We’re calling the piece, Dawn of the Anthropocene to describe the effect of humanity on the Earth’s systems. The term comes from Nobel prize scientist Paul Crutzen. In his and other scientists’ view, humanity has entered an age when the power and impact of humans is as great, if not greater, than nature’s.

When you begin to witness the rapid changes occuring on the planet, rising températures, increasing droughts, the extinction of vast numbers of species, you think about loss and disappearance. Ice is the perfect material for bringing awareness of what that kind of change means.

This project follows our earlier ice projects which we call “temporary monuments.” In 2008, we installed ice sculptures of the words Democracy at the political conventions, Economy on the 79th anniversary of the Great Depression, and Middle Class in 2012 in Charlotte and Tampa. (http://www.worldpolicy.org/blog/2013/10/04/democratic-meltdown) These ice sculptures materially underscore the impact of political and social ideas that often escape the public’s attention.

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    Dateline Charlotte: September 6, 2012 Posted by Ligorano/Reese

    Fox News

    Sometimes, a journalist is just a journalist, even at FOX…

    Nicole Ferguson FOXNews

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      Dateline Charlotte: Posted by Ligorano/Reese

      Video from Charlotte

      The Middle Class in Charlotte survived two hours longer than the Middle Class in Tampa – through heat and downpours. But still disappeared.

      Here are some comments from bystanders who passed by Marshall Park.

       

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        Dateline Charlotte: September 4, 2012 Posted by Ligorano/Reese

        The future

        The Disappearing Middle Class

        The Middle is gone, but does Class really disappear?

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          Standing A

          Zukofsky’s A standing

          The A still standing, alpha… and omega…

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            Still Here

            Dorne Pentes filming

            Police, a storm, incredible heat and humidity, still here – the resilience of class continues.

            Nora interviewing delegates

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              Back Streaming

              Back online – surmounted technical problems, the storm is coming… still the Middle Class survived.

              After the rain

              Fractured ice

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                Exercising Free Speech

                Nora and Charlotte Police

                Charlotte is so much more open than Tampa. There is no permitting, anyone can express themselves as long as they don’t impede others.

                Park Superintendent Peter Cook asssured us that there would be no problems with us setting up our sculpture, but when we arrived the Police quickly intervened.

                It was a matter of the safety of the Occupy Charlotte people, our vehicles could hit them if they woke up and left their tents.

                In the any event, we were able to set up the sculptures with no problems.

                Middle Class in Marshall Park

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                  Dateline Tampa: August 27, 2012 Posted by Ligorano/Reese

                  Videos from Tampa FL

                  Time lapse video of the Middle Class melting on the eve of the RNC Convention

                  The ice sculpture melted down in a record time, in under 4 and 1/2 hours.

                  Here’s what people were saying

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                    Stay Tuned for Charlotte

                    Never Forget Isaac

                    We’ll be posting a timelapse video from Tampa later today with a new collection of stills from the ice melt.

                    We’ll be in Charlotte next Monday on the first day of the DNC with another Middle Class ice sculpture – where will it melt down faster: Tampa or Charlotte?

                    Is that a reflection of climate or policy?

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