I have been wondering for some time now how I would be able to work with ice in my land art, living in Brisbane (average temperature for this time 25C) there isn't much chance of it snowing. Then it fell from the sky - a fairly big storm passed over the area where I live and dumped hail for 6 mins.

hail

The whole weather system is amazing but to be able to produce ice in the clouds when the temperature on the ground is almost 26C shows you how layered things are, living on the surface is only one section of this system. It also shows how the one material has many states, the clouds themselves are water vapor - then rain is a product of a cloud, then hail is a state of rain - but they are all from the same source. On a global scale it would be interesting (though impossible) to see what the relationship is between the amount of 'matter' in a human body compared to the water content in it. Then the earth 'matter' to the amount of water in its oceans - maybe it is the same ratio expressed in all living things?

hail

When I first started to work with the ice it was crisp and the spheres would bind together under the pressure and heat of my hand to form clumps. Then as it started to melt they would no longer stick together. To watch the progression of this circle was extremely interesting as it turns from solid matter to liquid to nothing and vanishes completely. Actually, it just goes back to the system that produced the hail in the first place.