500 Ice Cubes, 2018
500 gummy bears frozen in ice cubes.
A happening that took place on February 13, 2018 in front of the Sage Art Center in Rochester, New York. The ice cubes were given away for free to passers-by.
Largely inspired by Francis Alÿs’s Paradox of Praxis 1 (1997), where the artist pushed a block of ice through the streets of Mexico City until it completely melted, 500 Ice Cubes presents an irrational way of packaging.
In order to consume the gummy bear inside, one must first consume the ice cube, which takes both time and energy (much more than tearing up a bag of plastic). Moreover, the ice changes the gummy’s texture and fails to preserve it as a packaging.
The act of melting the ice cubes and eating the gummy bears also echos the way human society has been eating away the environment in order to consume more.