Ice ice Buddha

This cell phone picture is admittedly terrible, but do not let that stop you: go, now, to the Rubin Museum and see the ice sculpture of the Buddha before it melts (the Rubin will be open all night, but who knows how long the piece will last?).

This piece, by Atta Kim, is Monologue of Ice, and if you so choose, you can leave with a little vial of the water that has run off the sculpture (we did!). Kim is a South Korean photographer whose work has frequently touches on Buddhist themes; he documents the sculptures (he's also done, for example, Mao in ice) as they fade away. It's really unbelievably cool, both literally and figuratively.