Artist Brian Goggin is planning to hand-extract a 100,000-year-old, rare, blue basal ice chunk from Greenland, transport it on a sled tugged by huskies and install it in Manhattan for the next 488 years: “The image is of a post-fuel interaction not using motors or any heavy carbon-producing systems – a stupendous human effort.”
Famous for his Defenestration installation of furniture frozen in flight out of a San Francisco building’s windows, Goggin will use Ancient Egyptian-inspired tools and techniques to carve out an ice block of the same proportions as the foundation stones of the Great Pyramid of Giza. In NYC, it will be stored in a custom-designed high-tech reliquary filled with sub-zero glycol solution and will be encircled by a purely decorative laser beams to portray “a sense of rarity and significant value.”
Weighty! But are New Yorkers ready for an icy public work of art? Are we over the cat-cicle of 2006 — when a sicko dropped off a bloody cat corpse frozen in an ice block in the middle of Union Square? Or worse, David Blaine?