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The Beauty of the Other 71% by JJason Recognition

January 20th, 2008 5:08 PM / Location: 44.941087,-93.16805

INSTRUCTIONS: Use water to decorate a public place.

As I have perhaps mentioned, once or twice, occasionally, in some other praxis of mine, it's really freaking cold here in Minnesota right now. Therefore if I was to use water to decorate a public space, it would have to be frozen water.

The first step was research. I hit up Instructables, in hope that they'd have some advice about ice sculpting. They didn't but they did have instructions for making Ice Gems. And that had promise.

I'm a big fan of testing, so first I made a test gem, freezing it overnight. When this came out fairly well, I tested out my technique of sticking things to the ground with ice (by pouring a small puddle which I put the items in) which also worked.

(It is around here I got another idea, involving Lincoln-esque fake hands and foraging up a large numbers of rubber gloves, which totally didn't pan out at all. So, I gave up on that idea and went back to my original idea)

Having finished research and development, it was time to ramp up production. I filled ten balloons with varying amounts of water and left them in the refrigerator overnight. My fridge actually wasn't large enough for all the balloons, so I ended up having to leave two of them outside (I'm glad it was only two - the ones I left outside ended up much murkier than the inside ones). When I got up the next morning, I simply cut the balloons off the ice, put them all in a bag, and set off.

Now came the difficult design - where to decorate and how to decorate my chosen place. After considering and abandoning some ideas, I finally decided to decorate some stairs, putting the ice on either side of the stairs. Now I just had to find a stairway with five steps. That didn't take me too long, but to my dismay I found when I got there some of the ice had broken in transit. Luckily, it all worked out in the end - I was able to decorate six steps instead of only five, and the remaining piece was left at the foot of the stairs. The assembly process was pretty straightforward - lay out the ice, arranged them in the order I wanted, then freeze them to the step. I used a teapot from my apartment for the water.

The leftover water was used for a little additional decoration - see the photos

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Box of Balloons
Outside Balloons
Broken Balloons
Bag and Kettle
More ice
All of the ice
Action shot
Close up
Down the Stairs
Left over water
The Zero

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posted by rongo rongo on January 20th, 2008 6:16 PM

Pretty! And it was a good touch to freeze them to the ground.

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posted by bunny dragon on January 21st, 2008 10:32 AM


Huh, it's cold enough here in Boston to do something similar. But how to make it better, hmmm. (I suspect the right answer is to try a totally different tack.)

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posted by Meta tron on January 21st, 2008 3:54 PM

Awww maaaan! If I had a freezer I would totally do this. That and make icecream. A life time supply of icecream to whomsoever buys me a freezer.

Where are those steps? Did anyone comment about your additions? I think they're gorgeous!

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posted by JJason Recognition on January 21st, 2008 5:07 PM

The steps lead up to a dorm at the colllege I attend. Nobody commented on them while I was building them and I haven't been back since. So I don't know what people think of them.

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posted by Tricia Tanaka on January 21st, 2008 7:57 PM

This is the coolest idea ever!

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posted by Kariudo Chasseur on January 22nd, 2008 11:23 AM

Man, now I wanna drive up there just to look at those steps.

You know what's kinda classy? Updating your Praxis to show long term changes.
posted by JJason Recognition on February 6th, 2008 8:10 AM

Time has not been kind to the other 71%


It got warm and then cold again, so there was some melting. Also some people probably kicked them. Only these two gems are left on the stairs


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posted by Minch on March 19th, 2008 4:21 PM

ice globes are pretty

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posted by JJason Recognition on June 15th, 2008 8:11 PM

Wait, this was flagged? I didn't notice any flagging.

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posted by Sparrows Fall on June 15th, 2008 8:19 PM

Isn't this an artifact of the gang of rubins from a while back? Everything was 5 flags that had a fleur.

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posted by meredithian on June 16th, 2008 7:46 AM

actually i thought there was some sort of counting pattern to the number of flags, but i can't remember what someone posited that it was now.

i admit, i don't really pay enough attention to that kind of stuff.