Black Igloo is a participatory installation environment: a 12’x12’ black dome with a melting ice sculpture in the center lit by a circular hole in the roof. The artwork is a kind of reverse sweat lodge or inverted campfire into which viewers enter and collectively witness a monolithic ice sculpture dripping into a dark pool. Black Igloo meditates upon a kind of reverse logic (black is white / white is black) present in much of modern public planning and rhetoric, which eerily coincides with drastic weather events and persistent trends. After they’ve crawled inside it, the space inside presents viewers an opportunity to sit together around iconic thi object of melting ice and to consider quietly, or in conversation, our contemporary plantary predicament. .
Black was commissioned was produced by Spread Art at Brooklyn Open Studios in 2014 and by Middlebury College Department of Environmental Studies.