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Evil Sugar
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Last Logged In: May 1st, 2009
TEAM: The Disorganised Guerilla War On Boredom and Normality TEAM: Team Shplank TEAM: SFØ Société Photographique TEAM: Team FOEcakes TEAM: LØVE TEAM: Level Zerø TEAM: AustinZero TEAM: FLUMMØX TEAM: The Bloodmarked BART Psychogeographical Association Rank 1: Commuter

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The Beauty of the Other 71% by Evil Sugar, Rainy, Sparrows Fall

June 15th, 2008 5:07 PM

INSTRUCTIONS: Use water to decorate a public place.


Rainy: I wanted to do this task, because I like water. After some thought (and discussion with pre-school teacher friend), I decided that ice shapes with some natural food tint coloring in them was the way to go. Ice sculpture! Obviously, that's the best idea in a place where it's 75 degrees Fahrenheit at 6am and 102 in the shade by noon.

I started collecting shapes to freeze water in and then realized, this would be so much cooler (ahem) if I had collaborators! I put out the call to Team AU0 and they joined in enthusiastically.

I started collecting a melange of plastic things to make ice in, and acquired some things to tint the ice with:

Evil Sugar and Sparrows Fall both came up with more uniform ideas for ice forms. I passed the blue stuff on to Sparrows Fall; Evil Sugar and the gummy bears cooked up another approach to coloring the ice (see below). We discussed locations and plans of attack while we each continued to make ice. (I added some more uniform shapes, too, in the form of large plastic cups.) We decided to do it early and settled on 7am, and, given the nature of the shapes we had, to do an ice mandala.

Then I decided I really should take a day off of the dayjob for this endeavor, especially as we were going to need breakfast when we were done.

I didn't completely settle on the public space to decorate with our ice until the night before we were scheduled to rendezvous, when I realized that the Lamar Street Pedestrian Bridge was the perfect place, both aesthetically and locationally (we would have heavy coolers to haul).


Evil Sugar: The Green Team was assigned to this task. They decided they would make green ice. They also requested that Evil Sugar type up their sections of the praxis in green.

The Green Team decided to make their own all-natural dye. They found some wilty spinach in the back of the Evil Human Overlord's fridge. It was green. They were green. Perfect!


Sadly, the color they got by boiling the spinach wasn't as pretty as they'd hoped. It seemed too yellow-brown. They added some blueberry juice, which helped a little bit.


The bears were worried, but the color looked a lot better frozen:


The gummies made 14 blocks of sage green ice. One gummy fell into the water during the ice-production process. The bear was fished out, but unfortunately had become waterlogged and could not be saved. NOM NOM NOM.

Sparrows Fall: I inherited the blue dye from Rainy:


But what to dye? What could I put ice in? Then it occurred to me that I steadily work my way through about one or two small ice cream containers a week - I immediately drafted them into use.


Popping the ice out of the containers was easy at first - I'd just run them under some hot water for a while. I froze in batches, setting up a batch in the morning, harvesting the ice in the evening and setting up a batch for the night, then harvesting that batch in the morning and setting up the day's batch again. If things went according to plan, I'd end up with about 31 chunks of ice.

My store of blue ice pieces began to grow steadily.


You'll note I said "at first" up there. Turns out when you get Ben & Jerry's ice cream containers wet the paper at the seam comes loose a little. And when you freeze another chunk of ice in it right after that? It 'grabs' the frayed paper and tears out even more when you're removing it.


The tools of industry were failing! I started leaving paper towels beneath the ice cream containers to soak up the leaking water - they ended up freezing into solid city blocks of paper and ice cream containers that needed to be removed from the refigerator with knives.


But at last, it was time (I started freezing thin plates of ice in the tops of the ice cream containers, too - you can see a few of them on the top shelf of the freezer, below).


We had to move early, and fast. We'd already had eight days of at least 100 degree weather. We decided to get moving at 7am, in an attempt to beat the heat.

It turns out my last batch of ice forms hadn't had time to freeze all the way through - they still had squishy liquid centers! This one also had some little air bubbles along for the ride:

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Sparrows Fall: The morning arrived, and we hit the Lamar Street Pedestrian Bridge. Rainy laid out the center of the mandala:


The rest of it grew from that center:


Until most of the form was complete. We were moving fast here, because the ice was already starting to melt.


Last of all we filled in some of the shapes with the smaller pieces of ice we had - these melted the fastest, and if you check our proof list you can see that these were almost gone by the time we left:


Remember those little ice plates I mentioned that I made using the tops of the ice cream containers? Those melted fast, too:


One of the prettiest pieces was at the center - Rainy had frozen a flower into the ice form, and as the ice melted, it began to emerge:


And Evil Sugar's spinach-based ice forms looked beautiful contrasted against all the other ice - these are my two favorite pictures:


Rainy: People asked what we were doing, or just looked as they passed. The sky was beautiful. We documented a lot of melt progress and the sun came out just as we packed up to leave.


Evil Sugar: After the horrible drowning death of one of the green bears, the remainder of the green team stayed clear of the potentially hazardous melting ice. With no gummies to photograph, Evil Sugar instead took pictures of the ice:


the people passing by:


and the pretty sky:


Sparrows Fall: And this is the whole thing, all come together:

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Rainy: We went to breakfast, well pleased with ourselves. And while the pancakes and breakfast tacos were good, the important thing was that Sparrows Fall got some coffee.

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Rainy's Preliminary Containers
Rainy's First Batch
Ice Tints
Let's Use Spinach!
Evil Sugar's Containers
It had bubbles in it!
Evil Sugar's Cooler (and the Time)
Lamar Pedestrian Bridge, Pre-Ice
Blue Dye Has Seen Better Days
Sparrows Fall's Containers
Early in the Process
Midway Through the Process
The Tools of Industry Have Seen Better Days
Rampant Leakage
Just Before Leaving
Travel Coolers!
Rainy's Coolers
What's in the Cooler?
What's In the Bag?
Sparrows' Cooler
What's in the Cooler?
The Cornerstone is Laid
The Mandala Takes Shape
The Form Is Completed
...Then Filled With the Remaining Ice
Closeup of Completed Mandala
The Melting Has Already Begun
Small Ice Almost Gone Now
Time and Temperature
Melting into Rainbows
ice slide!.JPG
cat on ice.jpg
cat on ice.jpg
Red and White
Green Form in Ice
Flowers Encased in Ice
Flowers Emerging
Set Phasers to Stun!
Tall Blue Pieces
Tall Red Pieces
Ice Plates from Ice Cream Tops
Medium Blue Pieces
Low Green Pieces
Remember -
What's this about?
Curious Power Walkers
Curious Cyclist
Ominous City, Ice in Foreground
Ice and Sky
City Skyline
Then the Sun Came Out

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22 comment(s)

Very pretty. +1
posted by Spidere on June 15th, 2008 5:11 PM

I especially like the frozen flower and the multiplying blue ice chunks in the freezer. :)

posted by susy derkins on June 15th, 2008 8:50 PM

It reminded me of this one.

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posted by JJason Recognition on June 15th, 2008 9:05 PM

Me too. Also, the refrigerator pics reminds me of my refrigerator right now. But that's for a totally different task.

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posted by Sparrows Fall on June 16th, 2008 7:19 AM

I love that praxis.

I think I have a little crush on brief things.

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posted by Rainy on June 16th, 2008 7:24 AM

We're brief things, really, so it's only natural.

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posted by meredithian on June 16th, 2008 7:42 AM

ephemeral things are like existentialist love poems. sparrows, once again, you win me over. i, too, have a crush on brief things. and you.

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posted by susy derkins on June 15th, 2008 9:44 PM

My brain is going: "Man if they had only waited till the right season more people would have seen it!"
But I know nothing. Ephemeral then precious? Less is more? Who the hell cares how long did it last, if that guy on the bike turned around? Logic is overrated?

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posted by Sparrows Fall on June 16th, 2008 7:22 AM

The same thought occurred to me - but when you look at our average yearly temperatures (thin grey bar is freezing point):


there's just no likelihood of consecutive below freezing days. Given that, I liked the idea of kicking it into overdrive in the opposite direction, and defying the sun.

Brief as it was, a lot of people actually saw it - it's a busy morning jogging/walking/biking spot, and even as we were leaving, people were still stopping to look.

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posted by Rainy on June 16th, 2008 7:23 AM

Lots of people saw it, actually, some even asked about it...but, like Sparrows Fall, I love the ephemeral. Ephemeral are us.

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posted by Sparrows Fall on June 16th, 2008 7:26 AM

Haha! We're both replying at the same time. Hi Rainy!

Maybe our next task should involve synchrony.

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posted by Rainy on June 16th, 2008 7:31 AM

Yep! I love the graph--I was going to point out that waitiing would have meant waiting until like November, but you beat me to it.

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posted by meredithian on June 16th, 2008 7:42 AM

and, ah! synchronicity! another of my favorite concepts! gah.

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posted by meredithian on June 16th, 2008 7:43 AM

this was rather lovely guys. congratulations. i think my favorite part is that you did this in texas, rather than somewhere than even has winter.

Mmmm, Austin skyline... my favorite sky. +1
posted by Minch on June 16th, 2008 9:24 AM

Dearest Gummies,

I am so sad to learn of the loss of one of our dear green friends. My heart and thoughts are with you in this sad sad time.

Your Minch

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posted by Evil Sugar on June 16th, 2008 9:43 AM

The gummies find your kind words very comforting in this difficult time. The gummies also suggest, dearest Minch, that you do not read their answers to the SFZEROPRACTIAL. The horrors contained in the exam would undoubtedly be quite upsetting, and gummies wish for you to be happy.

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posted by Minch on June 16th, 2008 10:28 AM

Please tell the Gummies I am grateful for their concern and desire for my happiness. I will heed their advice and avert my eyes from their answers to the SFZEROPRACTIAL.

***EDIT*** I have now read the SFZEROPRACTIAL and am horrified to learn of the attack on Gummies found therein. I take it upon myself to create the Gummy Liberation Front and will do my best to liberate all Gummies I come in contact with.

Gummies of San Francisco, you will be safe with me!

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posted by Sparrows Fall on June 18th, 2008 3:59 PM


Gummies can journey for miles, passed from hand to hand, carried surreptitiously in backpacks, moving toward you to escape the noms!

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posted by Evil Sugar on June 18th, 2008 4:32 PM

Save the gummies! Save the world!

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posted by susy derkins on June 17th, 2008 10:15 AM

Hooray for illogical, precious ice, then :)
"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice."

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posted by Sparrows Fall on June 18th, 2008 12:07 PM

"Nothing is built on stone; all is built on sand, but we must build as if the sand were stone."

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posted by kristin gish on June 29th, 2008 10:11 AM

this makes me sad that ive been too busy for SF0 for awhile, and very happy that i logged in this morning.

beautiful things make smiles happen. good work.

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posted by Tac Haberdash on July 3rd, 2008 2:16 PM

You guys really thoroughly explored what you can do with colored ice. Vote for Ice Flowers, and green vegetable dye.