I have been looking for a while to give credit for the installation art that I took a photo of at the top of my site – and finally found it. The work is by Paul Koss and is titled Sound of Ice Melting (1970). This particular installation (and photo) was in the foyer of the Guggenheim museum, New York in March 2009 as part of The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia 1860-1989 exhibition. It incorporates eight microphones focused at two twenty-five-pound blocks of melting ice.
The viewer is invited to “listen” to the sound of ice melting, which is a way of slowing down the mind to become aware of one’s ambient environment as a live sonic event.