Something’s happening north of the New Museum on Bowery, specifically two people in polar bear suits pushing giant ice cubes down the street, seemingly planning to do this until they melt. A New Museum rep tells ANIMAL, “Really? Cool. I have no idea what that’s about.” Yet, it looks very, very familiar… (Photo: Austin Horse/Twitter)
It resembles renowned performance artist Francis Alÿs’ pushing a block of ice through the streets of Mexico City in 1997 for nine hours as it melts to nothing in Paradox of Praxis 1 (Sometimes Making Something Leads to Nothing), part of his “walks” oeuvre. Just, you know, with what appears to be a global warming motif and a videographer. Thoughts?
Related (flashback): Marina Abramović’s The Artist Is Present, Kids Edition at Astor Place