The State of Things in St. Paul
Two days after we unveiled The State of Things in Denver, we were off to St. Paul to set the ice sculpture up there. Provisions Library collaborated with the UnConvention a consortium of artists and presenting groups that hosted art activities in the Twin Cities in response to the Republican Convention.
Steve Dietz, who organized the UnConvention, arranged for us to place the sculpture on the grounds of the State Capitol. We couldn’t have planned for a better backdrop.
It took place on Labor Day as part of a huge protest against the Republicans. Thousands of people assembled there, our piece not only stood as a monument but became a kind of stage, where people gathered. The response was unbelievable.
People gathered around the sculpture, pulled at it, breaking letters off to drink it.
Unlike the event in Denver, which lasted over 24 hours, the ice sculpture in St. Paul lasted five hours. There was a mix of feelings: an odd feeling of euphoria, release and debauchery.
The dismantling of Democracy - its very consumption - was, for us, a metaphor for what happened over the past 8 years. It was like being led from the desert into a more hopeful environment; from a hostile terrain of bad governing and the tragic loss for what the Constitution guarantees us into a brighter future.