Minimum Monument: Installation by Nele Azevedo
A powerful and emotive installation consisting of 5,000 ice figures on the steps of Chamberlain Square in Birmingham, England honoring not only those who fought in WW1 but also other people who contributed and made a sacrifice. Members of the public were able to participate by placing an ice sculpture on the steps and watched them melt in the sun.
My work has open reading—I created the Minimum Monument thinking of proposing another monument, a monument against the grain that takes into account the history of the defeated, the anonymous, to bring to light our mortal condition. I also thought about it as undertaking the occupation of public space. But it has encountered a worldwide issue, that is the environmental issue—that has become the most disseminated subject for the last 6 years—therefore is has been understood as an alert to the dangerous threat of global warming as well, along with the consequent disappearance of human kind from the planet. Its kinship with that subject is evident. The invitation from Birmingham refers to the commemoration of World War 1… and in the celebration of the common man [which is] close to the original concept of the work.