Located at Lake Mendota, near the UN-Madison memorial Union Terrace shoreline.
You may find Artist/Designer, Hongtao Zhou, creating blissfully pristine furniture pieces out of snow [season depending]. Concerning the direction global warming is melting towards, Mr. Zhou, has created an installation in response.
"The furniture is in connection with the lake, the land(architecture), the air and the people and complete a sustainable life cycle with minimum environmental impact."
"My hope is that the climate furniture can help raise awareness of sustainable design with less or without negative impact."
"Following the weather changes, the furniture will back into the lake and become a part of the water body again and complete their beautiful green life cycle."
It's this type of creativeness, thoughtfulness and sensory reaction to a growing problem that brings awareness and urgency. It's difficult to truly appreciate how grave this issue is. We throw statistics around, make charts and even try and document the catastrophes, but somehow we lose the human scale/ proportion.