'melting men' by nele azevedo 'melting men' by nele azevedo
sep 04, 2009

'melting men' by nele azevedo

nele azevedo’s ‘melting men’ on the steps of the concert hall in berlin’s gendarmenmarkt square image © reuters

earlier this week, brazilian artist nele azevedo, carved 1,000 figures out of ice and placed them on the steps of the concert hall in berlin’s gendarmenmarkt square. with temperatures of 73 degrees fahreneheit, (23 degress celsius), the ice figures began melting within half an hour. the project entitled ‘melting men’ was meant to bring awareness to the world wildlife fund’s warning, that melting ice could cause sea-levels to rise more than 3.3 ft by 2100.

the men began melting within half an hour image © reuters

‘melting men’ image courtesy of nele azevedo

a lone melting man image courtesy of nele azevedo 

  • They are tiny, I thought there were bigger!

    Brigitte says:
  • Such a brilliant way of showing just how quickly we will also disappear if we continue with our destructive policies to the earth

    Robert de Vos says:
  • I love that they’re small pieces. Shows that we’re not so great as we think we are when it comes to environmental ‘laws’. Fantastic project.

    Ana says:
  • just goes to show what ever you make, will eventually dissapear, and we’ll all be forgotten…

    marnice says:
  • its interesting to see how people react to the pictures. Some see fatalism. others might see rebirth. others might see something totally different. Never stop interacting this way, its’ what makes us beautifully human.

    eli says:
  • I am SOOOO tempted to call this a waste of time…
    But I can’t. Well done.

    minstrelwarlock says:
  • que hermoso!!!!!!!!!!

    paola says:
  • Robert de Vos:

    Or, you know, if we just keep aging like living things do. It doesn’t have to be an eco-political statement, it might just be about how fleeting life really is and how the only thing we can do while we’re here is try to enjoy it.

    Also, when you talk like that you sound like a douche.

    rowrow says:
  • Impressive and motivational!
    An-eye-opening strategy, simple and to the point explaining our own down fall or the way we will crumble to become dust

    Ann says:
  • its great!

    karlarotten says:
  • Oh come on…….

    The only people who pay attention to these things are people who already are ‘aware’ that there are melting ice caps. What? this merely gives them a feeling of pride through association? Oh I hear you now…

    Yea…melting ice figures…metaphor for us and our destruction of the Earth…yea…changing the world…yea…awareness… What? He didn’t use ALL natural water for this? It was tap water? Shame on him! I hope he drives a hybrid!

    Puerile… This is about as bloated as the hippies putting flowers into rifles at point blank…actually no wait, this is far more nebulous.

    As I think about it, this is pure art because it’s only putting out what is placed into it – NOTHING.

    your conscious says:
  • ……..ok, consciENCE. time to repress you…yeah, it’s art and I think many of us enjoy looking at art.

    love this work. stunning and haunting.

    Lucy says:
  • at least people who are “aware” are trying in their own creative way to make those who are not, “aware” as well. even you who is protesting this much is affected or you would not say so much.

    i personally think this was a wonderful wake up call, thank you to the artist and those who backed the idea.

    mahnaz says:
  • That just shows why Zeus didn’t make people out of ice.

    Damien says:
  • Can you do this again please? Make it universal and all over the world? on the steps of factories, schools, churches, etc. ?

    test says:

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