“The work subject lies in the geometric creation of order, comprising the reduction to the maximum to attain ‘esthetic essence’ coming ‘directly from the mind’ – emerging from yogic science and philosophy - it’s about balance and the transformation of what is.” -Franziska Agrawal
Look at the following examples of snow sculptures by Agrawal’s snow sculpting team SubZero. The installations are created out of the most transitory material of nature: water in its solid aggregate state - snow packed by external pressure. All begin as a densely packed block of snow that is 10ft x 10ft (3m x 3m). Only hand tools
are allowed while carving official competition snow sculptures.
"...it isn’t about becoming anything. It’s about un-becoming everything that isn’t really you, so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place." Agrawal
- This quote by Agrawal refers to attaining the essence of a thing. When you consider how snow sculptures take form, (by taking away everything that is not the sculpture) do you find a parallel?
- What do you think about the ephemeral nature of this art form?
- What would it be like to have your sculpting medium fluctuate with the weather?
- Make your own snow sculpture! Carve a gnome with Matt Morris of Snowbank Productions.
- No Power Tools Allowed! Check out the tools snow artists use and the preparations that go into preparing to carve!
Franziska Agrawal and Subzero
German designer Franziska Agrawal transcends the borders of the worlds of art and design. She holds a Masters in Industrial Design (Dipl.Des) from HfG (Hochschule für Gestaltung) Pforzheim in Germany and RISD (Rhode Island School of Design/Brown University) in Providence, USA and an MBA in International Management from Brighton University, UK.
She has been awarded the endowed international design prize by the Raymond Loewy Foundation (2005) as acknowledgment for her innovative and comprehensive work in the area of industrial design and the Red Dot Design Award in Product Design (2018).
Lived and worked as Lead Creative in New York, Mexico, India, the UK and Peru. Currently living in Munich, Germany, working on a wide range of commissions from product design, Corporate Identity, Design Strategy and public spaces.
Since March 2018, Lecturer in Design & Innovation Management at AMD Academy of Fashion and Design and in Visual Communication at Fresenius University for Economy & Media in Munich, Germany.
Her artistic work practice extends across a range of disciplines and is represented in public and private collections around the world. She has led interdisciplinary efforts on developing awareness and innovations in the discourse of emerging global cultures and identities and urban landscapes. Her architectural installations show something without similarities and are influenced by concepts of concrete Art and minimalism.
Her work subject lies in the geometric creation of order, comprising the reduction to the maximum to attain 'esthetic essence' coming 'directly from the mind' – emerging from yogic science and philosophy - it’s about balance and the transformation of what is. She works primarily Site specific with natural and ephemeral materials, dealing with matters of attachment, detachment and temporariness of existence using natural and ephemeral materials in time/space. Interested in Large Scale Installation and it’s intervening monumentality within the human body and interdimensionality within a place makes the invisible feelable to create a transformative ground for perspective change.
"The goal of concrete art is to develop objects for spiritual use, much as man designs objects for material use." (Max Bill)
"less is more." (Mies van der Rohe)
She is Leading Artist and Head of Team Germany at International Snow Sculpting Championships and Symposiums around the Globe.
Franziska Agrawal is certified in advanced Yogic Techniques and Yogopathy, specialized in advanced Practices, Meditation and Breathing Techniques.
It's ALL connected.
NFT's on Opensea 'The Snow Show'
is a non-profit art collective of international artists, designers & architects acting globally - created, selected, and joined together by german industrial designer Franziska Agrawal. With a team of up to 4 people, Subzero realizes architectural installations carved out of snow and ice in public space attending international snow sculpting symposiums around the globe since 1999 representing Germany.