Clockwise from above: Willis Bigelow shaved down the top of an ice wall during the re-creation of Fluids at The Cooper Union; students maneuvered a block of ice before lifting it onto the wall; Holly Allen Cooper and Ana Lieberman primed the ice to accept more blocks..
Students chill in homage to performance-art pioneer
On Sat., Nov. 10, students from professor and artist Zach Rockhills color theory class in The Cooper Unions School of Art re-created Allan Kaprows Fluids, marking the original performance-art pieces 40th anniversary. The 18 students lifted and assembled 300 ice blocks to create a large-scale installation, 30 feet long, 8 feet high and 10 feet wide.
Kaprow died in April 2006. His widow attended the event.
Rockhill, asked about the ironic synergy of the ice piece going up as the steel of the elite schools new building across the street was starting to be hoisted up by a crane, replied, Nothing is permanent. You will be able to see the ice melt in the next few days. If you walk through the next millennia, you could see buildings disappear as well.