March 25, 2011
This is very cool. Artist Atta Kim has sculpted a 5 1/2 feet tall, 1,300 pound seated buddha out of ice. Starting tonight at 6 p.m. the sculpture will be on display at NYC's Rubin Museum of Art as part of their Grain of Emptiness: Buddhism-Inspired Contemporary Art exhibit. It will be on view until it completely melts, a process that the should take several days.
Want to visit a melting ice buddha in the middle of the night? The museum will be open overnight on Friday and remain open through normal hours on Saturday, closing at 6 p.m.
Visitors are encouraged to touch the ice as it melts and take away water from the pool on their way out of the museum. It is the artist's hope that the collected water be used to continue the cycle of renewal by watering a plant.