Snowman

Snowman

1987/2016

David Weiss

(Swiss, 1946-2012)

Peter Fischli

(Swiss, 1952-)

Copper, aluminum, glass, water, coolant system

Overall: 218 x 165 x 125 cm (85 13/16 x 64 15/16 x 49 3/16 in.)

Weight: 907.184 kg (2000 lbs.)

Lent by the S. Mueller Family 47.2019

Edition: Edition 2/2, with 1 AP

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Since the Snowman lives in an active microclimate, his form is always slightly in flux.

Description

Snowman was first constructed by Peter Fischli and David Weiss in 1987, when they were commissioned by a German power plant to create a site-specific sculpture. The snowman is not made of real snow but is a frost-coated copper sculpture filled with water. The box encasing it creates a microclimate that is kept humid, and, over time, condensed water collects on the surface of the statue and freezes, transforming the copper base into a snowman. The surprise of encountering a snowman indoors gestures to recurring tensions in Fischli and Weiss’s practice—between the fleeting and permanent, the natural and artificial. It is also an indication of the playfulness that is a hallmark of the artists’ work.

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