Environmental artist Nicole Dextras decided to draw attention to vulnerable landscapes by literally displaying the folly of the environmental destruction. She crafted forms out of wood and froze water in the shape of letters to spell out the vulnerability. Her ice words were then photographed on Lake Ontario, the Yukon River, and in downtown Toronto before they melted away with the spring.
Artist Hongtao Zhou wanted to recreate the process of making something but out of a temporary material that would vanish without a trace. On the banks of the Lake Mendota, Wisconsin, the artist crafted a set of furniture – a table and chairs, to demonstrate the temporary state of ice through this ephemeral dining set.