Olmsted’s Blank Snow is a design for a winter landscape in the parking lot of Front Park, one of the six Olmsted Parks in Buffalo, New York.
As a prototype, this project seeks to transform standard snow plowing practices into creative tools for generating new landscapes. Holes of Matter designed and implemented this winter landscape by proposing a snow plowing master plan to locate the snow mounds resulting from daily plowing. The proposed design artistically exploits the spatial conditions defined by these typically overlooked snow mounds and exposes the hidden potentials of snow removal as a winter practice that can positively transform public space.
Front Park, Buffalo, USA 2011
Sergio Lopez-Pineiro Nicole Halstead
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Buffalo, USA
State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), New York, USA Awards
Honorable Mention in ColdScapes Competition organized by the Center for Outdoor Living Design (COLD), Kent State University, Cleveland, USA (2013) Publications
Broken City Lab
The Boston Globe