'The furniture is raised by an artist following the nature and using local climate and natural resources to please people in winter. They connect the lake, the land, the air and the people and complete a sustainable life cycle with minimum environmental impact. Environmental artist wants climate furniture to raise awareness that we can make a sustainable world with less or without a negative impact.'
This is ultimate cradle-to-cradle design. As the surrounding climate gets warmer, the chairs, tables and bowls will melt and become a part of the landscape they were constructed from again. There is absolutely no waste. Ironically, the pieces had no impact whatsoever on their environment but have such a great amount on the people visiting as they experience winter fun of the raw, icy material. The overall design may be a little uninspiring but the emotion involved in making and interacting with the pieces speaks to users as the nostalgia of snow brings back memories of snowmen, snowball fights and, of course, Christmas.
Another irony is that, although labelled it, the pieces are not sustainability, longevity wise. I hope that this factor will allow visitors to make the connection between the devastating melting of the ice caps, caused by our impact on this beautiful planet. We must be reminded that the natural beauty we all claim to idolise and mimic is dire state because of our actions. The ice is melting, time is ticking and our future, as we know it, is certainly not confirmed.
Sykes, R. (2009). Ice and Snow Furniture by Hongtao Zhou | Dezeen. [online] Dezeen. Available at: http://www.dezeen.com/2009/02/12/ice-and-snow-furniture-by-hongtao-zhou/ [Accessed 23 Oct. 2016].
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