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Actually, it’s a Chevy Nova IN ice, or it will be when visiting artists Mary Carothers and Sue Wrbican get through with it.
With the help of growing numbers of Michigan Tech individuals and organizations, the artists are hard at work on the Michigan Tech campus, freezing the 1978 Nova in a solid block of ice.
Why, you might ask.
It’s a Winter Carnival project, of course, but it’s more than just a stunt.
“We’re redefining our processes of making public art,” says Carothers, an associate professor of fine arts at the
Nor is it a blatant criticism of the exalted status that the automobile has attained in our country and culture. “The frozen car points to the classic struggle of culture versus nature,” said Wrbican, an assistant professor of art and visual technology at
Wrbican and Carothers chose
Carothers and Wrbican met in graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design. Since then, they’ve made a specialty of collaborative and unpredictable art. They have blown up a car, set a couch on fire, and traveled back roads in a classic Airstream trailer, all in the name of art.
Now they’re towed a 30-year-old car named E.D. (for Ethyl’s Daughter) to the Michigan Tech campus, where
“We’re asking the public to think about freedom and power, to become aware of the choices we make and their implications for our present and our future,” Carothers said.
You can watch the frozen car project take shape in front of the bay window on the highway side of the J.R. Van Pelt Library. With a lot of sweat and a few more arctic days, the Nova in ice should be ready when Winter Carnival begins February 6.
For more on the artists and their frozen car project, including a blog on their adventure, see: http://www.frozencar.com/
For more on Winter Carnival, including a schedule of events, go to: http://www.mtu.edu/carnival/