Snow Furniture and Snow Sculpture by Hongtao Zhou

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(4) by Hongtao Zhou

It is a very snowy winter, and I was inspired to do a post on snow sculptures. While there are many impressive snow sculptures appearing in competitions worldwide, there is a quirky and fleeting quality to the work of Hongtao Zhou. Originally from Harbin, China, Hongtao Zhou is now a furniture designer and sculptor at the University of Wisconsin. The images below are from an installation called, Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota. There's an irony, and something lonely, about the juxtaposition of furniture constructed out of snow set against the background of a vast icy lake.
Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(4) by Hongtao Zhou

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(4) by Hongtao Zhou

 

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota by Hongtao Zhou

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota by Hongtao Zhou

 

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(2) by Hongtao Zhou

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(2) by Hongtao Zhou

 

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(3) by Hongtao Zhou

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(3) by Hongtao Zhou

 

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(5) by Hongtao Zhou

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(5) by Hongtao Zhou

 

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(6) by Hongtao Zhou

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(6) by Hongtao Zhou

 

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(7) by Hongtao Zhou

Ice & Snow Furniture Raised From Lake Mendota(7) by Hongtao Zhou

 

Here's another take on the same theme called Snow Furniture Dancing at Milwaukee Art Museum
Snow Furniture Dancing at Milwaukee Art Museum by Hongtao Zhou

Snow Furniture Dancing at Milwaukee Art Museum by Hongtao Zhou

 

Snow Furniture Dancing at Milwaukee Art Museum(2) by Hongtao Zhou

Snow Furniture Dancing at Milwaukee Art Museum(2) by Hongtao Zhou

 

This sculpture called Leaking Glacier is about global warming and won the Silver Medal in the International Category, Snow sculpture event of the Quebec Winter Carnival 2010.
Leaking Glacier by Hongtao Zhou

Leaking Glacier by Hongtao Zhou

 

Leaking Glacier(2) by Hongtao Zhou

Leaking Glacier(2) by Hongtao Zhou

 

Leaking Glacier(3) by Hongtao Zhou

Leaking Glacier(3) by Hongtao Zhou

 

Leaking Glacier(4) by Hongtao Zhou

Leaking Glacier(4) by Hongtao Zhou

 

Leaking Glacier(5) by Hongtao Zhou

Leaking Glacier(5) by Hongtao Zhou

 

What do you think?