Each letter melts in its own pattern of crystalline decomposition.
What is one to make of the role of beauty? All the tiny bubbles that in this particular piece of ice, in the T of F U T U R E are a source of the joy that visual pleasure can bring, as it creates an unclear window romanticizing anew the Flat Iron building seen through it. Can this function as a political image? This of course is not the piece, it is a detail of the piece, but the piece is not just one image with a metaphor of glaciers melting in the warming atmosphere of earth, the piece also creates a series of images, changing over time. Their beauty is seductive, but does the metaphor operate metonymically or does one need the entire narrative?
(the future has melted in the hour or so since I took that picture, it is melting fast)
I’m picking up from fellow writer in residence James Sherry at Ligorano Reese’s The Dawn of the Anthropocene public art work, in the shadow of the Flat Iron building. I’m looking out at the letters T H E F U T U R E carved out of ice melting. People are posing in front of the letters. It is hard to know how many are doing so because that is just what we do these days when something highly photogenic is made available to us.
Today is a day of activism or of promoting consciousness of climate change and LigoranoReese’s image provides such an accessible metaphor. But in that transaction of posing and photographing, what gets communicated and what melts from political consciousness?
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.
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.
Sometimes, a journalist is just a journalist, even at FOX…