Images from Albuquerque’s installation in Alaska

Like Oil and Water was created in collaboration with architect Christoph Kapeller (Alexandria Library, Egypt) and was assisted by structural engineer Buro Happold.

Albuquerque and Kapeller built a 99 foot long table of ice in the frigid air of Alaska for 2009’s FREEZE exhibit. Its top surface was filled with shiny black oil and was positioned in the precise direction of the sun on the exact moment of the Fifty-year Anniversary of Alaska’s Statehood. The table’s sculptural form creates an abstract line dissecting the site. However, the table traditionally acts as a symbol of gathering and community; a place of meeting and discussion. Located in the fragile Arctic Region, Like Oil and Water invites the prescient discussion of our role in our environment and the fate of our planet.