WINNIPEG — A frozen creation crafted out of ice pieces from the Red River was unveiled it its entirety on Friday.
“Stackhouse” is one of the invited warming huts designed this year at The Forks from world-renowned artist Anish Kapoor of London, England.
Crews spent weeks harvesting 72 tonnes of ice from the river and sculpting the frozen masterpiece.
“To have a piece designed by the one-and-only Anish Kapoor as part of our Warming Huts competition is huge,” said Paul Jordan, CEO of The Forks Renewal Corporation. “This is amazing for Winnipeg — to experience world-class sculpture, and to realize that our climate attracts this kind of talent.”
Kapoor is also known for creating Cloud Gate, nicknamed “The Bean,” in Chicago’s Millennium Parkm and Orbit, the metal tower featured prominently in the 2012 London Olympic Village.
“We were thrilled when Anish Kapoor and his studio agreed to participate in Warming Huts,” said Peter Hargraves, principal at Sputnik Architecture and Warming Huts competition producer. “First a Frank Gehry and now an Anish Kapoor — both done in ice and disappear — it confirms for us that Winnipeg’s unique setting holds significant intrigue even in the minds of the greatest artists in the world. This piece is stunning and has been worth every ounce of energy put into making it.”
Stackhouse, which resembles a giant ice cube with a carved-out void, joins five other winning warming huts introduced earlier this season.