Any talk of visiting Chicago in February may seem like a cruel joke to travelers, but the Windy City’s taking advantage of its chilly weather to present a public art project that wouldn’t be possible in, say, the Grenadines.
The work is an impressive, 95-foot long, 12-foot-high sheet of ice that constantly changes shape and texture as it melts and refreezes. Known locally as “The Popsicle,” Paintings Below Zero was quite a feat to create. The Chicago Tribune reports:
His slabs of ice, which he and his crew created over a month at a Fulton Market cold-storage warehouse, where temperatures hovered around 4 degrees Fahrenheit, carry patterns created by experiments with pigments, crystal structure and embedded shards of different colors.
Halloran envisions the wall as a receding glacier, cracking into shards and melting into the ocean.
In addition to the Tribune’ s extensive photo and video coverage, the Museum of Modern Ice has a lot of resources for learning about the art from photo galleries
The project is based on a similar work originally commissioned for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.
And if you’re there to see the art but need to keep moving to stay warm, rent a pair of skates and do a triple axel over Halloran’s painting, embedded underneath the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink.
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Photos: Jennifer Wilkinson