Drip pulls color into Winnipeg’s grayscale winter terrain, transforming the site’s snow and ice into a spectacle of light, color, and transparency.
Colored sheets of ice hang like stained glass from a simple wooden scaffolding. Water is harvested on site, mixed with pigment, and misted onto a series of gridded wire panels to produce sheets of colored ice. The sheets are supported by a structural timber frame that materially complements the nearby woodlands. Inside, an aged log provides a perch for repose and contemplation. Over time, melting snow causes the facade colors to bleed, streaking downward to produce new hues — a prismatic dance on an icy canvas.
Borrowing from the materiality of Winnipeg’s sublime terrain, Drip transforms the landscape into a luminous sanctuary, a humble shrine to a fallen tree.
Drip’s structural panels are constructed off-site, loaded onto the skid with cut segments of gridded wire fencing, and transported to the Assiniboine River. At the site, the timber frames are assembled around a fallen tree to form the structure for Drip — four walls, with one end pulled away to create an entrance. Meanwhile, the fence panels are misted with river water and red, blue, and yellow non-toxic pigments. After a few days of misting, the frozen panels are mounted on the completed frame and Drip stands as a colorful beacon against the bleached landscape of winter.
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Collaborator: Katie MacDonald