SYRACUSE MOUNTAINS

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A small visitor comparing her height to the “Syracuse Mountains” in the exhibition Embracing Winter. Photograph by Duke and Battersby.

SYRACUSE MOUNTAINS

Astria Suparak with Frank Olive
Paint, vinyl, solid calcium magnesium acetate (CMA), metal scoops, plastic bags
2007

Created for the city of Syracuse, the perennial winner of the Golden Snowball Award for the most snowfall in New York State, this interactive project was composed of two parts:

  • A full-scale graph charting the snowfall in Syracuse over the last half century, creating a painted “mountain range” mural that visitors could compare their heights against. Years in vinyl numbers marked the graph’s x-axis along the floor, and a printed list of snowfall statistics was available as a handout in the gallery and online.
  • Two mounds of a biodegradable, low corrosive, and environmentally safer de-icer which “melted” and dwindled as winter outside progressed and visitors inside the gallery took away samples with provided scoops and bags.

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This work was made to supplement the exhibition Embracing Winter (The Warehouse Gallery, Syracuse University, NY), which celebrated snow as the key to a delightful set of activities and as an ephemeral filter to make ordinary surroundings new again.

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Snowfall graph

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PRESS

POST-STANDARD

Rushworth, Katherine, “Snowy Season on Exhibit,” Feb. 25, 2007

“Celebrating Winter,” Feb. 11, 2007

CBS Channel 5 News, WTVH: “Feature: Embracing Winter,” Feb. 16, 2007

SYRACUSE NEW TIMES: Mellor, Carl, “Snow Daze,” March 14, 2007: p. 25

WAER 88.3 FM: “Visual Arts Near & Far II,” Women’s Voices Radio, Feb. 22, 2007. Archived on PS1 Art Radio.

SYRACUSE CITY EAGLE: Rhodes, Nancy Keefe, “Performance artist Rudy Shepherd, others, embrace winter,” Feb. 8, 2007

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