03/25/2011 05:01 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Half-Ton Ice Buddha Melts Away At Rubin Museum

CHELSEA -- Watch out: the newest installation at the Rubin Museum of Art will melt right before your eyes.

In fact, that's the idea. Atta Kim, a Korean-born artist, designed a 1,300 lbs. 5-foot-tall ice sculpture of Buddha as part of the Museum's Asian Contemporary Art Week.

"It's exquisite, it really is," said Terry Kidner, 68, of New Jersey, who stopped by the museum for a visit. "It's so organic, I love that it's doing something."