Ambitious, unique and impermanent, seventeen sublime works in snow and ice were realized through partnerships between thirty-four impassioned international artists and architects. A triumph of creativity over fleeting material, the results are ingenious and breathtaking.
In snowbound Lapland the seventeen partnerships produced projects that ranged from exercises in formal experimentation to highly conceptual artistic statements. Ultimately, the projects represented a process of exploration and flowed from an imaginative collaboration, not only between the artist’s creative and the architect’s pragmatic vision, but also between the form of the design and the inevitable decay of the materials involved in its construction.
The visceral impact of the -45?C site was a fundamental ingredient in each work, and the experience of that environment was essential; fortunately, the photographs and the participants' statements capture the grandeur of this experience.
The Snow Show took place in early 2004 in a remote area of Finnish Lapland. A short introduction by curator Lance Fung explains the history and ideas behind this exceptional event and the individual artworks. This is followed by a lavish 144-page full-colour portfolio of the finished projects, ranging from room-sized cylindrical ice-block lanterns to an 81-metre-square mosaic of frozen designer waters and an amphitheatre made from snow. The artworks are ordered by construction technique: compacted snow, cast ice, harvested ice and experimental processes. Printing on a different stock in two icy colours, the remaining 64 pages explain the techniques used to make each structure, with project descriptions written by the artists and architects themselves. With exquisite photography, detailed plans and sketches, the book is a celebration of overcoming nature's harshest conditions with ingenuity, elegance and beauty.
Works by architects and artists as Rachel Whiteread, Yoko Ono, Anish Kapoor, Kiki Smith, Asymptote, LOT-EK, Zaha Hadid, Tadao Ando, Morphosis, Diller + Scofidio and many
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