17-06-2004

Zaha Hadid and Cai Guo-Quiang
The Snow Show 2004

Zaha Hadid Architects,

Finland,

Monument,

Lines, polished surfaces, and full volumes in the Lapland landscape of lakes and forests: The Snow Show is an open-air exhibition of works by artists and architects using unusual, unexplored construction materials.



Zaha Hadid and Cai Guo-Quiang<br> The Snow Show 2004 Cai Guo-Quiang "frees" the architecture to give it a softer, smoother look. The Chinese artist sets fire to a blend of vodka sprinkled over part of the architecture, causing it to melt and generating "rivers" of water and blue flames with pink outlines all over the ship.
This solution allows the heat to soften the cold edges of the ice sculpture, giving it a changeable profile.

The visitor has the impression of being surrounded by an unusual dance in a surreal scene where architecture and art form an unnatural, incandescent glacier.
Light also plays an important role, permeating the ice structure to produce a series of different hues and veins of changing colour.
Hadid's light and the Chinese artist's fire contribute dynamic tension and soft fluidity to the ice structure. Cai Guo-Quiang frees the lines of the ship, making them fluid and dynamic.

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