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Melting ice sculpture outside Tate Modern on Bankside

An ice sculpture built more than forty years ago in America has been recreated outside Tate Modern.

Fluids on Saturday afternoon
The same scene 48 hours later on Monday afternoon

On Saturday students from Goldsmiths in New Cross stacked ice bricks into a five foot high 30 foot by 10 foot rectangle to mirror the Fluids artwork designed by Allan Kaprow and built at the Pasadena Art Museum in October 1967.

Over the years it has been recreated in Basel, Munich and Los Angeles. The original stood in blazing heat but suggestions that the Bankside 'Fluids' might last five days may prove optimisistic.

Kaprow, who died two years ago, was a painter who became better known as a performance artist coining the term 'happening'. The event was part of Tate Modern's UBS Openings: Saturday Live series.

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