I found this image under a section titled “New Photography from China” in the online ICP collections. Without much context, I was intrigued by the formal composite of the image yet the bizarre action depicted within it.
Here’s what I found out about it:
A group of performance artists called the Beijing East Village, hiked a mountain outside of Beijing on May 11, 1995. They measured the height of the mountain as well as the weight of each participant. They all took off their clothes and formed a pyramid, with the heaviest participants at the bottom and the lightest on top. For about ten minutes, on that afternoon, the mountain’s height was one meter higher.