Judy Chicago: Dry Ice Environment documentation

Using thirty-seven tons of donated dry ice, Chicago and her collaborators created two versions of Dry Ice Environment, also known as Disappearing Environments Part I and Part II. The first iteration included two stacked walls, which visitors could walk between, becoming cloaked in fog. For the second, pictured here, the team created several ziggurats that slowly dissolved into nothingness. Although they borrowed formal devices from minimalist sculpture, Chicago’s modular industrial blocks and imposing structures softened and dissipated, offering an ephemeral and enveloping sensory experience.