Arctic Culture Lab

Avittat – The House of Snow

THE HOUSE OF SNOW by Virginia San Fratello
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Aaqqissuussassaq House of Snow (illu apummik sanaaq) uppernarsaatitut tukussutissatut aputip apussinerillu suulluunniit qaaviniissinnaassusii allapalaakkatullu kusassarneqarsinnaassusii atorluarlugit, kusanartuliap qaava apummit anorimillu allanngoriartussaaq.

Tamatumuunalu aamma uppernarsineqassaaq silaannaap pissusaata nikerarnera. Apummik illup sanaajusup qaava aputip avittakkatut ilusilersussavaa, avittanik ilusilersueriaaseq tunngavigalugu.

Ukioq kingulleq Virginia San Fratello sapaatip akunnerini arlalinni Ilulissaniippoq Arctic Culture Lab-mi stipendiat-eqarluni.  Tamaaniinnermini ilaatigut Ilulissani katersugaasivinniittut avittat misissuataarsimavai. Apummik illup sanaajusup qaava aputip avittakkatut ilusilersussavaa, avittanik ilusilersueriaaseq tunngavigalugu.

Virginia San Fratello ilusilersuisartutut illussanillu titartaasartutut ilisarisimaneqarluarpoq. Silicon Valley-mi San Jose State University-mi ilisimatusarfimmi ilusilersuisarneq pillugu immikkoortortami siulittaasuuvoq, tikeraatullu ilisimatuutut (gæsteprofessor) sulisarsimalluni ilaatigut Massachusetts Institute of Technology-mi. 2020-mi USA-p Mexico-llu killeqarfianni ilusilersugaa Pink Borderwall Teeter Totters nunarsuaq tamakkerlugu ilisimaneqalerpoq.

The House of snow (illu apummik sanaaq) sananeqarpoq Virginia San Fratello’miik, tapersersorneqalunilu San Jose State University’miik, suleqatiginnittut Jamie Principe, Ronald Rael, Arctic Culture Lab aamma Ilulissani eqqumiitsulianik katersugaasivik, tapersersorneqarluni STARK A/S aamma ST & SØN ApS, Akuersississut pineqarpoq Avannaata kommunianiik aammalu Nunatta Katersugaasivia allagaateqarfialu.

The House of Snow is an art in public space-installation that uses and documents the snow`s capability to stick to surfaces when pushed and driven by wind and humidity.
Based on the traditional Avittat-patterns, Virginia San Fratello created a building with a 3-dimensional surface that “invites” snow to create predefined patterns. The building`s appearance will constantly change and remind us the beauty of wind and snow.

In 2023, Virginia San Fratello spent several weeks in Ilulissat as a fellow of the Arctic Culture Lab. Among other things, she studied Avittat patterns in Ilulissat’s museum collection. The snow on the surface of the House of Snow forms patterns that are inspired by this craft.

The designer and architect Virginia San Fratello is chair of the design department at San Jose State University in Silicon Valley and has, among others, been a visiting professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 2020, she became known worldwide for her design of Pink Borderwall Teeter Totters installed on the US-Mexico border.

The House of Snow has been developed by Virginia San Fratello with support from San José State University in collaboration with Jamie Principe, Ronald Rael, Arctic Culture Lab and Ilulissat Art Museum, with support by STARK A/S Ilulissat and ST & SØN ApS, with permission by Avannaata municipality and the National museum of Greenland.