The public art project CLOUDS takes place on the grounds on the south side of the Alte Pinakothek art museum in Munich. During the sculptural performance happening, artist Philipp Messner transforms three ordinary snow cannons – like those used in Alpine skiing regions to simulate natural snow – into giant “spray cans”. By adding food colouring to the cannons’ water flow, he creates colourful artificial snow that spreads layers of crystalline colour over this central location in Munich’s Kunstareal.
The concept behind these “picturesque” snowscapes examines our perceptions of what is artificial and what is real, of spatial and material considerations. The coloured snow is a simulacrum that references the artificial nature of its underlying material, mapping its method of production. Viewers can easily see for themselves that the snow is artificial, a mere surrogate of nature. This clarity of visual expression is both a comment on, and a deconstruction of what we perceive as the natural world around us – both as a general phenomenon and, more specifically, in Alpine skiing regions. Its artificiality is rendered visible by our active intervention and shifting perception, creating an area that has real existence yet is abstract. The viewer is invited to enter the space in both a physical and reflective sense.
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