CLEVELAND, Ohio – There’s art you can hang on a wall. There’s art you can put on the floor or hang from the ceiling. Then there’s art you freeze and put in a fridge.
On Tuesday, the Cleveland Museum of Art will debut an example of the latter.
A snowman encased in a freezer goes on view today in the museum’s big central atrium.
“Snowman,’’ was first created in 1987 by Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss (1946–were commissioned by a German power plant to create a site-specific work, according to a museum announcement.
The work is a frost-coated copper sculpture filled with water. The glass-enclosed box encasing it creates a microclimate that is kept humid. Over time, the museum says, condensed water collects on the surface of the form and freezes, transforming the copper structure into a snowman.
The museum’s announcement says that the work “gestures to recurring tensions in Fischli and Weiss’s practice—between the fleeting and permanent, the natural and artificial.”
The sculpture is a temporary loan from the family of museum benefactor Scott Mueller, recently appointed chairman of the museum’s board of trustees.
The “Snowman” will be installed near the bamboo grove east of the museum’s atrium café. The museum didn’t say how long the work will be on view.