First Snow, Tokyo, 1999
artificial snow, various objects, installation
40 x 40 feet
A site-specific work for the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, First Snow, Tokyo was only visible from the interior atrium looking through the gallery window and doors. Viewers gazed into a room that appeared to be frozen in time. A layer of newly fallen (artificial) snow covered the floors and installation equipment — ladders, tools, etc. — as though the forces of nature had suddenly brought everything to a standstill. The stereotypical view of Canada as a snow-covered land is delivered to the bustling city of Tokyo, and inserted as a moment of magical, but inaccessible, possibility.