In 2017, I was awarded a grant from the City of Houston to make two outdoor installations. These installations are giant blocks of ice that melt to reveal a map showing likely sea-level rise in Galveston in the year 2517, according to science. The goal is to create a thought-provoking and beautiful installation that will be seen by a diverse group of people who might otherwise not be exposed to fine art. The first installation opened October 21, 2017 in Art Alley located within the Sawyer Yards creative campus and can be visited over the course of the next year. The second opened March 23, 2018 at Rice University’s Solar Studios. The project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
Texas City and Galveston as installed on Rice Campus in 2018 on a beautiful sunny day in April.
Watch Daniela Antela’s choreography and her troupe’s performance on March 23, 2018 at Rice University’s Solar Studio, as a part of “The Ends of Our Index Fingers are Mute” exhibition curated by Lina Dib. Original musical score and performance by Kirk Suddreath. Make sure to turn up the speaker to capture the site-specific music.
This video played on a big screen during the installation of the sculpture, “Texas City and Galveston, Year 2500” at Rice University’s Solar Studios. Make sure to turn up the speaker to capture the site-specific sounds.
On March 23, from 6-10 p.m. at Rice, I will have a 4,000 pound block of ice and map installation showing Galveston in the year 2500, as a part of a group opening, complete with modern dance performance at 7. The Solar Studios are a new exhibition space at Rice, run by Lina Dib.
The Solar Studios at Rice University presents The Ends of Our Index Fingers Are Mute
Solar Studios at Rice University is a hub for creative thinking about living systems, addressing art, energy and the environment. Join us for performance, sculpture and installation with artists Daniela Antelo, Bradly Brown, Brenda Cruz-Wolf, Tony Day, Lina Dib, Trey Duvall and Erik Hagen. Opening reception Friday March 23rd 6pm-10pm, featuring a performance by Daniela Antelo and five others at 7pm.
We are contained in what appears to be something disastrous. We’ve tried to come up with a cure or a means of escape. We are mesmerized. We can’t stop looking and pointing. This feels epic and somehow grandiose. Like the view from a mountaintop. But we aren’t on top of any mountain. We are in the gutters, looking at the stars as they say. Join us as we bemoan our pointing and celebrate the sublime natures of which we are part. March 23rd – April 23th, 2018 7 days a week. Sponsored by Rice University’s Strategic Initiatives and the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, and in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Special thanks to Colin Hendee, Taylor Knapps, Rob Purvis, Tish Stringer and METALabs. The Solar Studios are located at Rice University on College Way Loop and Allumni Dr. between Herring Hall and Hanzen College.
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I am so excited that people interacted with my sculpture at the opening. They caressed it, climbed on it, smelled it, licked it, drank the ice-water that was running off of it, and even ate the ice! Now that the ice is gone, the basin of water is at waist-height for a toddler. It is an irresistible temptation. Kids are adding rocks and dirt into the basin of water, and the action of the wind and the waves is transforming the dirt into beautiful patterns. The work went from subtractive to additive sculpture. Galveston is immersed under yet another layer. Here’s a picture taken yesterday:
Watch a giant block of ice melt to reveal the effects of sea-level rise in Galveston in the year 2517. The installation is on view at Art Alley and will be up for a year. Art Alley is behind The Silos, 1502 Sawyer St., Houston, TX. The project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.
This video is taken on the second day, in the morning during a thunderstorm.
Ice makes beautiful sounds as it melts. Drips, crackles, and running water are manifestations of the ongoing transformation, but also a means to contemplation and meditation. Turn up the volume to hear this one.
Ice invites a viewer to engage with all the senses, even smell. The little girl pictured here had never seen this much ice. She loved its smooth texture and the chill.
A group of U of H sculpture students hung out for hours after the opening in a circle around the sculpture, caressing the surface. We called it a “Houston campfire” as we enjoyed the coolness of the ice in the tropical Houston heat.