Melting Figurines Portay The Dangers of Climate Change [Pics]

Melting Figurines Portay The Dangers of Climate Change [Pics]
Arts & Culture

Artist uses unique medium to highlight one of the world’s biggest challenges.

Lara Piras
  • 11 june 2013

Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo’s series of installations titled The Army of Melting Men use ice as a medium to provoke viewer’s thoughts on the effects of global warming.


Azevedo creates the ice sculptures by filling moulds with water, freezing them and then painstakingly retouches each one for individuality.


The artist places crowds of seated ice figurines on city steps and the sunlight slowly eats away at the sculptures until all that’s left are dark puddles, as if the ‘ice people’ drowning.


The watery remains are meant to be reminiscent of rising sea levels that are predicted to reach devastating levels (+3.3.ft) by 2100.

Nele Azevedo

+Environmental / Green
+environmental awareness
+global warming

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