Artists build 3,000-lb. ‘Melting Middle Class’ ice sculpture at DNC

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A pair of New York artists sent a message to both Democrats and Republicans in Charlotte this week, erecting a three-thousand pound ice sculpture in Marshall Park.

The sculpture, entitled the “Melting Middle Class,” is a symbolic play on politics designed by Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese. Carved by hand and machine, the sculpture has made almost every head turn in the park.

In 2008, the conceptual artists melted a similar sculpture entitled “Democracy.”

“What art does is connect in a different way than politicians or religious leaders, or someone such as yourself in the media,” Reese said. “We erect them at important moments in our history. I wish I could make a sculpture that was able to build itself up, but I can’t do that.”

On Tuesday, the FOX8 Morning News team was able to watch the sculpture melt as Charlotte-area crews constructed it.

“It may get rained on, it may weather. It may weather the storm however,” Ligorano said. “We just don’t know what will happen to the Middle Class.”

Crews in Tampa also built the design for the Republican National Convention. 

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