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T+L Reports: Finnish Follies

This month, in the farthest reaches of Finnish Lapland, 30 artists and architectsare pairing off to create giant sculptures made of snow and ice. Inspired more by Minimalism than by Midwest winter fairs, participants in "The Snow Show" (February 12-March 31)—among them Japanese architect Tadao Ando, the British design team Future Systems, and the sculptor Anish Kapoor—will push the limits of what can be done with frozen water. London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid is teaming up with Chinese installation artist Cai Guo-Qiang to build what Hadid describes as two cavernous "public living rooms," one of snow, one of ice. Carved-ice ghosts and fairies will beckon from beneath the glassy surface of a frozen pond, courtesy of deconstructivist American architect Lebbeus Woods and artist Kiki Smith (whose own work runs to wax sculptures of female bodies and dead birds). And in an imaginative bid for freedom, engagée conceptual artist (and ex-Beatle spouse) Yoko Ono pairs up with Japanese modernist Arata Isozaki to create an enormous ice-block jailhouse that will melt away in a matter of months. For once, the medium really is the message (www.thesnowshow.net).
—Gabriella de Ferrari

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