“Snow Pallet” the latest installation by Toshihiko Shibuya

I strive to create artworks that resonate with nature. My “Rand Art” symbolizes expresses the unique Hokkaido Northern climate, with its heavy snowfalls.

Japanese artist Toshihiko Shibuya has officially presented the thirteenth edition of his “Snow Pallet” series. To be precise, this time he installed 70 colorful objects in the courtyard of the Sapporo Park Hotel in Sapporo, Japan. The site-specific artwork, as stated by himself seeks to resonate with nature and highlight the heavy snowfall in Hokkaido.

“Snow Pallet” is a piece of art where fluorescent paint has been applied to the underside of the object that is just above the snow. In doing so, the vibrant colors are reflected on the surface of the snow. An installation that changes the landscape depending on the time of day, the amount of snow and sunlight, and the number of objects present. Toshihiko Shibuya has been working on this sere since 2011 and admits that the snowfall has been decreasing from year to year, the fault of global warming probably complicating everything. The installation will remain intact until the snow melts. Until then, everyone can admire the beauty of “Snow Pallet” which in the artist’s mind hopes to convey “memories of winters past.”

Courtesy of Collateral