5,000 Melting Ice figures representing the civilians who lost their lives during...

5,000 Melting Ice figures representing the civilians who lost their lives during “The Great World War One”

5,000 Ice figurines representing the men and women who lost their lives in the Great World War One besieged the steps in Birmingham’s Chamberlain Square.

 5,000 ice sculptures  5,000 ice sculptures  5,000 ice sculptures These statues were placed by the public to commemorate the 100<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Britain’s entry into the World War One and in memory of men and women- not just soldiers- who lost their lives.

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The installation called ‘Minimum Monument,’ is the brainchild of Brazilian sculptor Nele Azevado and it is one of her greatest projects. Working together with a team of 20 volunteers, it took the artist two weeks to make all of the little ghostly figures. The ice sculptures were brought to the installation site in 18 specially outfitted freezers and set up shortly before the start of the event.

 5,000 ice sculptures  5,000 ice sculptures  5,000 ice sculptures  5,000 ice sculptures The ice sculptures started melting slowly as the sun shone in Birmingham city centre.

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“I wanted to break with the traditional characteristics of a monument, said Azevedo to Birmingham Mail. My sculptures remember people who are not remembered by other monuments.

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