Gregory Colbert has traveled the world for more than a decade and photographed encounters between humans and large animals in Burma, Sri Lanka, Egypt, India, Ethiopia and Kenya. This traveling photographer’s photo exhibition is, appropriately, housed in a 56,000-square-foot nomadic museum ( see photos of the museum). Designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, this temporary structure is constructed by stacking 152 steel cargo containers – the kind typically stacked on cargo ships and available all over the world in standard shape and size. Structural elements are made of recyclable and reusable materials too.

The Ashes and Snow web site says that “The building’s design evokes the journey of the exhibition as it travels to ports of call around the world.” We can just hope it travels to some of the places where the pictures were shot.

Ashes and Snow is on show through May 14, 2006 at Santa Monica Pier, California. Read the NPR story here.

First published on February 21, 2006
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