Breathing life into ice…

Deep in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside district, hidden in an old warehouse behind a public house something extraordinary is taking place…

Every day teams of volunteers arrive at the warehouse to assist in the creation of a poignant spectacle set to take to the steps of Birmingham’s Chamberlain Square on 2 August presented by Birmingham Hippodrome.

12 freezer-fridges are slowly becoming home to over 5,000 ice figures which are carefully created by the team of volunteers by freezing water into male and female moulds which are then removed from their casing and chizzled into a final form in time for them to be re-frozen once again ahead of the event in Chamberlain Square.

Minimum Monument a major exhibition by the award winning Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo. On the day members of the public will be invited to place the beautifully crafted sculptures on the steps of the city’s Chamberlain Square where they can watch as the sea of ice figures melt.

The British premiere in Birmingham features the largest ever number of ice sculptures Néle has produced and is part of Birmingham City Council’s World War One Commemorations. To find out more about this FREE event click here.

Take a look at some images of the creation process below…

Major art installation comes to the streets of Birmingham…

This Summer we are so excited to present a major exhibition by the award winning Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo titled Minimum Monument.

Minimum Monument

Minimum Monument

As part of Birmingham’s World War One commemorations, Minimum Monument will feature 5,000 figures made out of ice. Members of the public will be invited to place the thousands of ice sculptures of tiny men and women, 20 cm tall, on the steps of the city’s Chamberlain Square where they can watch as the sea of ice figures melt.

The project has been featured in cities including São Paulo, Havana, Tokyo, Kyoto, Paris, Berlin, Porto and Florence and the British premiere in Birmingham will feature the largest ever number of ice sculptures Néle has ever produced.

If you are interested in supporting Néle Azevedo and making this exciting project into a reality, we are offering opportunities for volunteering. Applicants must be over 18. For more information please contact zaraharris@birminghamhippodrome.com

Minimum Monument will take place on Saturday 2 August from 1pm-4pm on the steps of Chamberlain Square, Birmingham and is a FREE event.

To find out more click here and take a look at video footage from this extraordinary event during it’s time in Berlin…

Minimum Monument is funded by Arts Council England, Birmingham Hippodrome and William A Cadbury Charitable Trust.