500 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 to the people walking by.
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 get to the gummy bear inside, one must first consume (or break) the ice cube. The ice, however, changes the gummy’s texture and fails to preserve it as a packaging device.
The act of melting the ice cubes and eating the gummy bears also echos the way our human society has been eating away the environment in order to consume more.