Weisman Art Museum University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Installation images January 22 - 27, 2018.
Melting Ice-2018 is a site-specific installation created for the for the Vanishing Ice exhibition (Jan. 27- May 13, 2018), at theWeisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, highlights the beauty of ice while referencing the retreat of glaciers around the world. As the sculpture melts, it mimics the fantastic shapes of natural ice formations such as icebergs by producing caverns, streams, calving slabs. To date, the artist has created four outdoor site-specific ice installations: for the Second Kathmandu International Art Festival (2012); for the Vanishing-Ice exhibitions; at the Whatcom Museum, Bellingham, Washington (2013); at the El Paso Museum of Art, Texas (2014); and at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Ontario, Canada (2015)
Duwadi first addressed climate change in Red Earth-Vanishing Ice (2008), a mixed-media, site-specific installation at the Sundaram Tagore Gallery in New York City. The artist suspended a block of ice from a ceiling water pipe that he wrapped in yak-hair rope. Each day, the ice was replenished and left to slowly melt on a rock nestled within a sculptural assemblage of handmade vessels. The installation symbolized the purity of water, its scarcity as a natural resource, and the meltdown of Himalayan glaciers.