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