Ice Sculptures Highlight Global Warming

By Meera Dolasia on September 4, 2009

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On Wednesday, a thousand little people were seen melting away in the sweltering heat at Berlin's Gendarmenmarkt Square - and there was no saving them, because these little guys were sculptures made out of ice by Brazilian artist, Nele Azevedo.

The Melting Men exhibit is part of the Minimum Monument movement, started by the artist in 2005. However, her first few exhibits, which comprised only of single ice sculptures, was to protest against big monuments, which honor only heroes.

While she still does it to highlight her stance against large monuments, global warming activists have found them to be the ideal icons to highlight our Earth's plight!

The two have found a perfect way to blend their agendas by holding their exhibitions in large city squares with monuments. The artist has come a long way since her first solitary ice sculpture - her latest exhibits comprise of hundreds of little ice sculptures all gradually 'dying'  in the sun.

Nele's first big exhibition took place in Sao Paolo in 2005, with 300 little ice men. The number increased to 400 in Paris and to 500 in Hannover, Germany. By the time she went to the Portuguese city of Porto, she had doubled them to 1,000 and then to an amazing 1,200 in Florence,Italy.

The most recent exhibition comprising of 1,000 sculptures in Berlin, was sponsored by the World Wildlife Fund, to highlight the looming issue of rising ocean levels. The men started to melt within half-an-hour and soon all that was left was a messy pool of water.

And that is just how Nele likes it - she just wants her work, which comprises of 'normal' people to be captured on camera for all to enjoy! 

To read about other unusual artists click on any of the links below: masterpieces from old books, edgar-muller's incredible street art, pencil art, elephant artists, jello sculptor, mysterious milk bottle artist

sources:believe-or-not-blogspot,com,annebella,.blogspot.com, dailymail.co.uk

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  • headream100
    headream10011/18/2013
    That's so cute! And creative!
    • shimmer
      shimmer2/16/2013
      Wow how do they come up with these ideas?! :)
      • Hi1/24/2013
        OMG that's cool!!!
        • :) 1/17/2013
          I cracked up when they started falling apart :)
          • WOWZERS10/19/2012
            WHY WOULD U DO THAT IF THEYRE GONNA MELT RIGHT AWAY!!!! :(
            • Eden10/9/2012
              Wow..... How'd she do that in Brazil???? She probably was in a big freezer while doing it!!!! XDXDXDXDXD LOLOLOLO;
              • jtennis9/12/2012
                the little ice peolpe are melting!!
                • toot
                  toot4/24/2012
                  wow
                  • mawi
                    mawi4/12/2012
                    tiny ice people funny
                    • narias3
                      narias34/2/2012
                      If those were life-size, it would be like being turned into stone, except it's ice :)

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