Ice House II (1972)
Part of:
  • Gianni Pettena (archive creator)
  • Gianni Pettena (artist)

Ice House II (1972)


circa 1972-2015

Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 23 digital files (122 MB)
    3 drawings
    1 photograph
Scope and content:
The project series documents "Ice House II" a project which consisted of freezing a small house in suburban Minneapolis, by pouring water into a wooden mold surrounding the house and letting the water freeze to create a block of ice. "If the addition of material then leads, paradoxically, to the disappearence of the 'architectural' object, this subtraction only highlights the serial repetitiveness of the dwellings in American suburbia." [1] It is unclear if this project was ever performed.

The project series contains photographs of the frozen house, photographic reproductions of aerial views and plans of the neighbourhood for the selection of the house, sketches and a perspective drawing.

[1] Marco Scotini, editor. Non-conscious architecture: Gianni Pettena, Sternberg Press, 2018, 235 pages. p. 152.
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Material in this project series was kept in its original order when it was first processed upon its arrival at CCA.

Minneapolis Minnesota United States

Language of material:
  • English
  • Italian

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