SNOW rendered IN COLOR BY toshihiko shibuya
for 12 years now, artist toshihiko shibuya has been creating site-specific land art every winter in and around the japanese city of sapporo. this year, the artist continues the ‘snow pallet’ project with numbers 14 and 15, which are also the smallest and biggest installations in the series to date.
for each artwork, fluorescent paint is applied to the underside of a metal object that stands just above the snow. the vivid colors are then reflected onto the snow’s surface.
images courtesy of toshihiko shibuya
snow pallet 14
snow pallet 14 has been installed in tomakomai, a coastal city located 65km away from sapporo and an area with the least snowfall in hokkaido. the artwork is situated in the courtyard of tomakomai art museum, on a site measuring just 19 sqm—the smallest snow pallet site in history.
it is toshihiko shibuya’s first attempt to install ‘snow pallet’ in an area with little snow. the artist set up 10 tall objects with the wish of snowfall, but he also created them so they could be enjoyed without snow. shibuya painted the top plates of the objects with fluorescent colors. when you look up at the sky, you can see vivid reflections on the overlapping parts of the top plates. the artist says, ‘I named this object ‘rainy pallet’ on a rainy day… you can see the brightly colored dancing raindrops on the top plate.’
snow pallet 14 at tomakomai art museum
amazingly, on january 5th of this year, over 30 cm of snow piled up in tomakomai. shibuya explains that this is a record snowfall for the region. ‘this time too, the climate was unexpected and beyond my imagination. the low objects were completely covered with snow in one day. from there, the snow gradually melted and I was able to see the reflection effect that appeared. the snow on the tops of the tall objects looks like shaved ice.’
snow pallet 15
for snow pallet 15, the artist went back to sapporo and to a huge site of 3,000 sqm. he installed 65 objects in the middle of a large outdoor platform. the new objects are named ‘butterfly’ as they display a butterfly-shaped form with spread wings.
there was little snowfall in december. however, january 2022 is breaking snowfall records every day. in the near future, all the objects will be completely covered with snow.
snow pallet 15 in sapporo
the biggest snow pallet installation to date
toshihiko shibuya created butterfly-shaped metal objects for snow pallet 15
vivid colors are reflected in the white snow
snow pallet 14 with an unexpected heavy snowfall
name: snow pallet 14 / a courtyard awaiting snowfall・thin snow
artist: toshihiko shibuya
location: courtyard of tomakomai city museum, tomakomai, hokkaido, japan
dates: october 9th, 2021 – march 13rd, 2022
name: snow pallet 15 -snow on anthropocene- ICE ART LABO 2022
artist: toshihiko shibuya
location: geimori w-awesome, outdoor platform, sapporo, hokkaido, japan
dates: (december 9th, 2020) january 15th – february 27th, 2022
edited by: lynne myers | designboom