As part of the outdoor installation at the Milwaukee Art Museum, designer Hongtao Zhou has designed a series of furniture ice sculptures that purposely sustain ‘melted’ appearance to remind visitors of the impending global climate change crisis. It’s being showcased during the museum’s first green furniture show and green fair for the city.
Drawing ice water from Lake Michigan with a bucket on a rope, Mr. Zhou set out to create his droopy-drippy furniture. But as the artist quickly realized in constructing his pieces, no deliberate message on his part was necessary – his materials were ultimately dictating the final form.
He writes: “Once the water and snow were mixed well, I shaped the slash around a slim tree branch to help the curved legs and stretchers stand. Cold wind started to help solidify the new structures.”
While the installation melted away in February, Mr. Zhou hopes that his project will continue to remind people of the increasingly severe environmental issues we are facing. [Hongtao Zhou via DesignBoom and Inhabitat]