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Polis is eyes

Up to 12 writers in each city have been invited to visit the site and stay for 2 hours.  LigoranoReese have asked them to share their thoughts about the disappearance of the American Dream. This part of the project stems from the idea that direct participation comes from active perception, apprehending the moment and leads to democratic action.

Commentary will be posted in realtime here on the meltedaway website and reblogged to ArtsEverywhere.

Poet and writer cris cheek is the Residency Coordinator. This part of the project is supported by the Musagetes Foundation.

Writers Cleveland

Mary Barrett, cris cheek, Carla Harryman, Justin Glanville, Daniel Gray-Kontar,
Janice A. Lowe, Julie Patton, Mary E. Weems

Writers Philadelphia

Josh Adler, cris cheek, Ryan Eckes, Knar Gavin, Anna Maria Hong,
Cyree Jarelle Johnson, Julia Lopez, Bob Perelman, Ariel Resnikoff, Frank Sherlock,
Kirwyn Sutherland, Orchid Tierney and others


Beginning with The Future

With Dawn of the Anthropocene, LigoranoReese started inviting writers to visit the meltdowns to write what they saw and felt. Their texts were uploaded in real-time as they wrote them to this website.

Todd Lester was residency manager; invitees included Charles Bernstein, Chantal Bilodeau  Joshua Furst, Konstantin Prishep, Ryan Schlief, Mira Schor, James Sherry, Nikki Singleton, and John Weir.


Voices from the Future

The public addresses what the future looks like. On September 21, 2014 we installed a 3,500 pound ice sculpture of the words The Future at the intersection of Fifth Avenue and 23 Street in New York. This video is a sample of some of the public’s reactions to it.

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

We call 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.

Sculpture Design – Nora Ligorano; Cinematographer – Ben Wolf; Editor – Marshall Reese; Music – Tree Laboratory; Ice Sculpture – Okamoto Studio

For more information:
Sound design: Tree Laboratory
Climate Action partner:


Dawn of the Anthropocene Timelapse

Dawn of the Anthropocene Time Lapse from LigoranoReese on Vimeo.

Timelapse video of The Future melting at Flatiron North Plaza in New York City on September 21, 2014 during the People’s Climate March.

“As long as we continue to think of humanity as separate from nature, our solutions will be partial and their effects minimal. Social change drives climate change. We are both separate individual organisms and united by society and ecosystem.” – James Sherry, Social Environment post

Video – GoPro by Ben Wolf
Edit – Marshall Reese
Sound – Gyorgy Ligeti, Poeme Symphonique for 100 Metronomes


Building The Future

Here at the Flatiron – building the Future with Regen, Luke, Shintaro, Nica and Libby.

We will unveil the sculpture at 10 AM. Very exciting day and an emotional one.

It’s been hard to wrap our heads around the seriousness of this action – melting the future.