“Minimum Monument is a poignant and moving display featuring thousands of figures made out of frozen water by the artist, her team of technicians and volunteers – a public intervention artwork which is a powerful reminder of the fragility of our planet and the communities it supports.”
“Néle Azevedo has be working from a temporary studio in K Village with volunteers and her creative team to make over 3,000 200mm tall icemen.”
“We’ve been working on the moulds for the past two weeks – getting them filled and frozen, then the sculptures were de-moulded and fettled by hand before being stored in freezers and the process starts over again. ”
“The icemen and women will be transported to Kendal Castle on Sunday morning.”
“On Sunday Azevedo will invite members of the public to place the beautifully crafted sculptures on the ruins of Kendal Castle where they can watch as these tiny ice figures melt and return to rain water.”
I’m not sure if this art is the kind of thing which Michael Gove recently derided as ‘modish crap’. Probably.
“Is this = to Turner, Ruskin, even Holman Hunt – of course not.”
Which limited frame of reference suggests that the underlying questions is: is this art Victorian?
Of course, Turner’s own art was controversial in it’s day. Had Twitter existed then, no doubt some self-publisizing, narcissistic, failed politician would have been using it to rail against Turner’s non-conventional vision.
(In a politically bleak year a lone high-spot was watching Gove skewer himself with his own back-stabbing machinations.)
Anyway, we enjoyed Minimum Monument immensely and there were a lot of other people there who also seemed to be thoroughly engaged and appreciative.
Naturally, I took a preposterous number of photos.
It was interesting to see how people had chosen to group the figures.
Almost all of the sculptures were placed on the walls, facing in to the castle. This couple…
…being a rare exception.
Eventually, we dragged ourselves away and walked down into Kendal…
…where there were numerous other activities on offer.
We added to a large clay sculpture…
…donned goggles for a 3D virtual reality flight over the Lake District, watched a three handed show (a mime I seem to remember) and visited St. Thomas’s Church to see this…
…enormous model of the moon by Luke Jerram.
A highly enjoyable day!
(The quotes at the top of the post are from the Lakes Alive website.)