Thursday, February 22, 2007

letter I

still -40. while most Dawsonites are huddling in their houses (or running their pick-up trucks nonstop outside irritating local habit), visual artist & calligrapher Owen Williams is busy making giant ice "i"s. these are part of a project he's installing at the junction of the Klondike and Yukon Rivers, just down from where i'm living. using a cardboard frame, Owen is laboriously creating perfectly-straight icicle versions of the letter "i" --the capital upper case version, the lower-case dot being too irritating to suspend in ice. he says he wants to get at least one hundred installed out on the river (bear in mind that each icicle is about 8 feet high). initially, the icicles are white, then as they get colder, the ice gets clearer & clearer...fascinating to watch. when it gets sunny again, i'll head out & take a picture...i think it should be a very photogenic installation, with the ice glinting in the light. makes me think of the winter work of Andy Goldsworthy.

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