Olympic Art

February 10, 2006

As top athletes from around the world gather for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, independent curator and SVA alum Lance Fung (MFA 1990 Fine Arts) has joined them to enliven the sports spectacle with some seasonally appropriate art. “The Snow Show” is Fung’s third exhibition of the same name, bringing art installations made of ice, snow and other wintry materials to the slopes of the Torino Olympic Village. For the Olympic version of “The Snow Show,” six projects are on display, each created by a team of artist and architect: Daniel Buren/Patrick Bouchain, Carsten Höller/Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Yoko Ono/Arata Isozaki, Paola Pivi/Cliostraat, Jaume Plensa/Norman Foster and Kiki Smith/Lebbeus Woods.

Each collaboration resulted in an interactive work that is inspired by the ephemeral wintertime environment, including Plensa and Foster’s “snow dial” construction, Where Are You? ; Ono and Isozaki’s maze-like Penal Colony; and Smith and Woods’ Alice in Wonderland-inspired frozen pond sculpture, Looking Glass. “The Snow Show” will be part of the Winter Olympics festivities through Sunday, March 19.

Image: Yoko Ono/Arata Isozaki, Penal Colony, 2006. Photo by Jeffrey Debany; courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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