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MELTING POINT

The Icebox, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2008

Acrylic cylinder, glass balls, glass vessels, vegetable oils, wax

Dimensions variable

Featured in the Green Museum 2010 Calendar

 

Inside the gallery another type of thermometer made with household oils calibrated the indoor temperatures. Each glass vessel held a combination of almond and coconut oil that had increments of half degree melting points. As the temperature rose in the gallery with the presence of more visitors, the contents of the vessels would liquify as each substance reached its melting point, showing the increasing temperature.

As the series of glass vessels progressed down the wall, their forms increased in girth to correspond to lower melting points. In a similar way to animals in cold habitats, which have greater body mass than their warmer climate counterparts.