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The Sense of Ice Exhibit Carries Message about Earth’s Melting Polar Caps

By Gerardo Rábago Palafox

The Sense of Ice, an exhibit by the artist Ana Thiel, opens today in Aurora Estrada Hall at the Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramírez “El Nigromante.”

Art Opening
The Sense of Ice
Fri, Apr 12, 7:30pm
Bellas Artes
Hernández Macias 75, Centro.
152 0289

In this exhibit, Thiel looks at water in its frozen state, beginning with the deceptive simplicity and depth of a mundane ice cube and progressing visually all the way to the enormity of floating icebergs at our polar caps.

The artist presents us with a silent, dimly lit refuge in which the viewer rediscovers the extraordinary immediate reality that we have ceased to perceive in our daily existence. Among the shadows appear, as if floating, horizontal discs of different diameters from which light takes on a series of transparent and translucent shapes that remind us of the icebergs that surface from the frigid waters at the Earth’s poles.

Upon entering the exhibit space, one will notice a contrast from the usual hard surface of an exhibit hall floor: at random moments, the floor produces cracking sounds similar to that of a cracking sheet of ice. There is also the sound of rhythmic dripping permeating the space, resulting from melting ice cubes suspended in a piece of porous fabric. The falling drops symbolize the massive melting of our planet’s ice caps.

Thus the viewer is also transported to the other aspect of this exhibition: the awareness that we all share one planet, that what happens in any one area of it will affect the rest. The planetary ice’s thawing, the result of the planet’s current temperature rise, is a barometer that warns us of the adverse direction in which we are driving our planet.

This multisensory exhibit places before the viewer a paradoxical confrontation—extreme beauty and the consciousness of a melting world, i.e. the pain and beauty of existence.

This exhibition, open Monday–Saturday, 10am–6pm and Sundays 10am–2pm, will be on display until August 29.


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