Pushing a block of ice through Mexico City

In 1997, artist Francis Alÿs spent a day pushing a large block of ice through the streets of Mexico City until it fully melted. Try that in Phoenix in the summer and you'd get about half a block before the ice would be gone.

In 2013, he kicked a flaming ball through the streets of Juarez.

According to a NY Times article about Alÿs, his working principle is "maximum effort, minimal result."

via Book of Joe
     Posted By: Alex - Mon Mar 20, 2023
     Category: Art

Erm... Alex... you do realise that Mexico City is closer to the tropics than Arizona is, don't you?
Posted by Richard Bos on 03/25/23 at 10:49 AM
Richard, I've never been to Mexico City, so no first-hand knowledge of its average temps. But I'm guessing that its elevation keeps it cooler than Phoenix, which basically turns into an oven during the summer. I've spent three summers now in Phoenix, with average daily temps above 110 degrees.
Posted by Alex on 03/25/23 at 12:07 PM
Alex is right. A little googling reveals this: The temperature remains fairly steady year-round at Mexico City, with winters averaging daily highs of 71 degrees Fahrenheit (22 °C) and lows of 38 °F (3 °C). Summers are just a few degrees hotter, with days typically heating up to 76 °F (25 °C) and nights cooling off to 44 °F (7 °C).
Posted by ges on 03/27/23 at 09:37 PM
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