Sublime Environment was the re-envisioning of the original Disappearing Environment. Built from 25 tons of dry ice by forty community participants alongside Judy Chicago and Donald Woodman, this event marked the opening of the 11-day Pacific Standard Time Public Art Performance Festival and Art Los Angeles Contemporary. The day culminated in the piece's illumination at dusk using 100 road-flares.
In 1968, Judy Chicago, Eric Orr, and Lloyd Hamrol constructed two publicly sited dry ice environments in Century City, California. The Disappearing Environments were as much performances in their creation as they were temporary sculptural interventions into the consumer landscape rising around it. The installation served as a poignant conceptual commentary on the rapid commercial development that was transpiring citywide, demanding a critique of the rise in consumerism, and the monumentality of the architecture that ensued. The critical feminist underpinnings of Chicago's practice emerged in Disappearing Environments, providing an impetus for dialogue on the potential for a disappearing patriarchal society.
This performance was made possible by Materials and Applications and the Getty Musem as part of Pacific Standard Time Performance Week.