Ashes and Snow by Canadian artist Gregory Colbert is an installation of photographic artworks, films, and a novel in letters. The work explores the shared poetic sensibilities of human beings and animals.
Ashes and Snow has traveled to Venice, New York, Santa Monica, Tokyo, and Mexico City. To date, Ashes and Snow has attracted more than 10 million visitors, making it the most attended exhibition by a living artist in history. Each exhibition consists of more than fifty large-scale mixed media photographic artworks and three film installations.
The photographic artworks measure approximately 3.5 by 2.5 meters (11.5 x 8.25 feet). Each one is created using an encaustic process on handmade Japanese paper. The films include one 60-minute full-length 35mm film and two short “haiku” films. None of the photographic or film images have been digitally collaged or superimposed.
The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated. Mahatma Gandhi