Dateline New York City: 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. (World Policy Institute.) These ice sculptures materially underscore the impact of political and social ideas that often escape the public’s attention.

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    Dateline : September 17, 2014 Posted by Ligorano/Reese

    Dawn of the Anthropocene – LIVE

    Dawn of the Anthropocene is LIVE at Flatiron North Plaza in New York City.

    Over the next several hours, you can see how long the Future will last, if the world’s leaders don’t take effective action to control carbon emissions.

    This is what the future may look like:

     

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      Dateline New York City: September 15, 2014 Posted by Ligorano/Reese

      Hot off the Press

      Just finished printing this beautiful 18 x 24 inch full-color offset broadside for the Dawn of the Anthropocene Future ice sculpture this Sunday, September 21.

      We’re giving the poster away for free during the event from 10 AM to 10 PM.

      As the Future disappears, we felt the need to leave behind and give a message to inspire others for continued commitment to solving the climate crisis.

      We found a wonderful passage from Rachel Carson, author of the pioneering book Silent Spring which ignited environmentalism and a statement from Rebecca Solnit on the importance of amplifying individual actions into the power of many.

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        Dateline New York City: September 11, 2014 Posted by Ligorano/Reese

        The Future In Ice – Launches 9.21.14

        Dawn of the Anthropocene Rendering

        On Sunday, September 21, 2014 we’re launching Dawn of the Anthropocene a 21-foot wide ice sculpture weighing 3,000 pounds of the words “The Future.”

        We’ll be filming and photographing the temporary monument as it melts away and will stream the video live on this website meltedaway as well as provide the video for other organizations to embed.

        Journalists, poets and writers will be participating in short term residencies throughout the day.

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