This summer artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese are installing two 4,000-pound sculptures carved in ice that spell out the words The American Dream at the Republican and Democratic Conventions. During the day, the sculptures melt away drawing attention to one of the greatest problems facing America the erosion of opportunity and equality for all.
The artists launch the first of the two temporary public artworks at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 19 at Transformer Station, located at 460 W 29th Street in Cleveland Ohio. As the sculptures disappear the artists photograph them, film street interviews with the public and stream the action live.
This is LigoranoReese’s third convention project, the largest sculptures yet, spanning 30 feet long and 5 feet high; they will take between 10 to 16 hours to vanish. The installations in Cleveland and Philadelphia are the most elaborate to date, combining public activities to activate the space and reach a broad audience.
In Cleveland and Philadelphia, LigoranoReese have invited writers and poets to be in residence during the meltdown to write their impressions of the event. Their texts and images will be uploaded in real-time to the meltedaway website and reblogged to ArtsEverywhere, a new art and activism internet project sponsored by the Musagetes Foundation.
Guest writers in residence: cris check, Carla Harryman, Davy Knittle, Julia Lopez, Janice Lowe, Julie Patton, Bob Perelman, Frank Sherlock, Orchid Tierney, and others.
On July 19 in proximity of the sculpture, The City Club of Cleveland is hosting The American Dream: at the Intersection of Art and Politics at Transformer Station. This series of free panel discussions include LigoranoReese, community leaders and artists in Cleveland during the RNC to discuss what their work tells us about the community, the political environment, and Clevelanders’ connection and response to the political discourse that shapes the nation.
On Monday, July 25 at 12 noon, the artists are installing the second part of their project at Independence Mall in Philadelphia, situated between Independence Hall and the Constitution Center.
As in Cleveland, the event will be filmed and streamed live. The artists have invited writers from Philadelphia to be in residence to blog during the event.
Throughout the day a chorus of poets and writers flanking the sculpture will periodically read their own texts and selections on the state of America from Walt Whitman, Muriel Rukeyser, Claudia Rankine, Charles Reznikoff, Allen Ginsburg, Ed Sanders, James Baldwin, Ta-nehisi Coates, Denise Levertov, and others.
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