Penal Colony by Yoko Ono & Arata Isozaki Arata Isozaki and Yoko Ono’s Penal Colony was an ice maze within a cramped ‘prison compound’, in which visitors were encouraged to carry candles, the implied theme being the meltability of mental confinement.
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Their pavillion used harvested ice from a frozen lake in the Sestriere. The blocks came from a lower layer of the lake, where the ice is blueish or turquoise depending on the minerals contained in the water. Once cut with a chainsaw, each block, measuring 1 metre in length by 0.6 metres in height by 0.6 metres in width was lifted by a logging crane and transported to the site. | penal colony-01