The Nomadic Museum is a temporary structure designed by renowned architect Shigeru Ban to house Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow. It is constructed of 152 steel cargo containers, stacked 34 feet high and combined with largely recyclable and reusable materials to form the structural elements. The building’s design evokes the journey of the exhibition as it travels to ports of call around the world.
Inside, visitors enter the gallery space via a central wooden walkway bordered on either side by stone-filled bays over which the unframed artworks are hung from thin cables and suspension rods installed between the columns. This threshold establishes a visual boundary between the physical space of the public walkway and the mystical domain of the images. Above, a diaphanous handmade curtain made of one million pressed paper tea bags from Sri Lanka is suspended from the ceiling, floating 40 feet above the floor.
The Nomadic Museum was first constructed in New York and Santa Monica before moving to Tokyo. It is disassembled and reconstructed as Ashes and Snow travels to other venues in Asia, Europe and South America.
Artist: Gregory Colbert
Exhibition: Ashes and Snow
Structure Design: Shigeru Ban
Interiors: Ombra Bruno
Lighting Design: Alessandro Arena
Engineers: Buro Happold
Exhibition Supporter: Rolex
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