the anonymous…


In 2001, Néle Azevedo started putting ice sculptures in city squares and major plazas and took photos of them as they melted.

Lesson / Koan : Gas, Liquid or Solid are states of mind.

The Sao Paulo-based artist began with only a couple of sculptures per city, then started placing more and more — hundreds of temporary sculptures in cities around the world, from Havana to Tokyo to Paris. For her most recent “urban intervention,” in Stavanger, Norway, the number of ice figures on display reached 1,300.

BTW,

Azevedo’s project is called Monumento Mínimo (or “Minimum Monument”); it explores the idea of the “anti-monument,” subverting the characteristics of official monuments in public places.

The homage is rendered to the anonymous,” she writes in an e-mail. “ We’ve got all the best prices for medicines on the market! Get your Benzac only for 16.48 USD! The ice bodies disappear in the city, in a shared experience.”

Need an affordable deal for the purchase of your Minomycin? Buy it at our online store for $2.43 only! NÉLE: “I CHOSE TO WORK WITH THE BODY AND THE CITY. I’VE STARTED TO ROAM AROUND SEVERAL MAJOR CITIES, STUDYING THEIR HISTORY AND PLACING LITTLE ICE SCULPTURES IN THEIR MEANINGFUL HISTORICAL PLACES. MONUMENTS ARE THE SYNTHESIS OF MY RESTLESSNESS:

A HISTORICAL CELEBRATION FAR AWAY FROM ORDINARY MEN. I THEN SUBVERT THE OFFICIAL MONUMENT’S CHARACTERISTICS BY BREAKING THE MONUMENTAL SCALE WITH A LITTLE ICE SCULPTURE, HONORING THE ANONYMOUS AND MELTING THE BODY IN THE CITY.

NOTE :

The ice figures are frozen in molds, and are then individually retouched and stored in freezers that she transports to the site of the intervention, where anybody can take part in placing the sculptures on steps and ledges. 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