Some say the world will end in fire. Some say in ice.

Nele Azevedo freezes hundreds of tiny human figures and arranges them in public places in big cities around the world, including in her home Sao Paulo. Sometimes she invites passerby to help her position the figures. But she always sets them up near monuments or city centers. The project is called Minimum Monument. Her point, she says, is to remind people that the city isn't just official monuments designed to last centuries. It's also filled with tiny, ephemeral monuments - like her melting ice sculptures, or like human beings themselves. Beauty is in the present instant, not in the eternal. It's in the anonymous figures of the city, not the statues with their official labels and dates.

She recently created 1,517 tiny human ice sculptures to commemorate those who died in the sinking of Titanic in 1912. At Custom House Square in Belfast - the city where the great ship was built - she launched her tribute.
Volunteers placed the little melting men - each about 15 inch high - on the steps of the square. Then, the crowds watched as the figures slowly melted and disappeared. It was part of the commemorations for the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic.
"It was very emotional to watch the figures melting away, leaning and falling on top of each other," said Cathy Law from Belfast Festival at Queen's which organised the event. It took about 20 minutes for the figures to melt and everyone stopped and watched. One child said it was as if the figures were crying. It was very poignant."
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