The Spot: Venus De Melto
TROY — “It’s wonderful. I love it. But when I first saw it, I have to say I was a little creeped out because it’s a naked body. And, frankly, we are mostly women who work in this building,” said Barbara Lynne Nelson, executive director of Troy Architecture Project or TAP, Inc. “But I really didn’t let my mind go to where it perhaps could go — a creepy place, like ‘What is somebody saying to us?’”
This is how Nelson starts to describe her first encounter with what some locals are calling “ice graffiti,” a temporary form of frozen art that has been popping up around town. The anonymous artwork, which appeared in front of the TAP office sometime during the early hours on Feb. 14, features a female nude, sans head or arms, protruding from a block of ice that measures about two-and-a-half feet long by about one-and-a-half feet wide.