Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Ashes And Snow

Ashes and Snow will be displayed in the Nomadic Museum, a 45,000-square-foot temporary structure designed by renowned architect Shigeru Ban and hosted by the Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 at West 13th Street in New York City. The first of its kind in the world, the Nomadic Museum building is composed largely of recyclable and reusable materials—used shipping containers for the walls and paper tubing for the roof and columns—demonstrating sustainable practices and an innovative architectural approach within a post-industrial environment. The museum will provide a transitory environment that evokes the journey of the exhibition.
Ashes and Snow is organized by the Bianimale Foundation, a non-profit arts and nature conservation organization based in the United States. The New York opening marks the U.S. premiere of Ashes and Snow, Colbert’s 13-year personal and artistic odyssey.

Colbert’s one-hour 35mm film, edited by two-time Academy Award-winner Pietro Scalia and narrated by acclaimed actor Laurence Fishburne, will be continuously projected on a wall in a column-free theater at the far end of the museum.

About the Artist
Canadian-born artist Gregory Colbert began his career in Paris making documentary films about social issues. Filmmaking led to his work as a fine arts photographer, and the first public exhibitions of his work were held in 1992 at the Musée de l’Elysée in Switzerland and the Parco Galleries in Japan. In 2002, he launched the Ashes and Snow exhibition in Italy at the Venice Arsenale, a 125,000-square-foot 15th-century shipyard owned by the Italian Navy.

It was the largest solo exhibition ever mounted in Italy, and more than 100,000 people attended during the three-month run of the show. For the Venice exhibition he collaborated with Asian elephants, manatees, sperm and humpback whales, Royal Eagles, gyr falcons, antigone cranes, Sacred Ibis, Harris Hawks, and Loggerhead Tortoises. The New York exhibition will include works of his most recent collaborations with King penguins, elephant seals, cheetahs, leopards, zebras, elands, wild dogs, meerkats, and African elephants. Colbert continues his expeditions and the development of Ashes and Snow.

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