• 11.18.11

Artist Carves Enormous Drawing In Frozen Siberian Lake

In a quest to create the world’s largest work of art, Jim Denevan and a team of helpers inscribed circles on the frozen surface of the world’s largest lake. Unfortunately for them, that lake happened to be in Siberia.

Last year, The Anthropologist, an artists’ platform and offshoot of the boho-chic women’s clothing chain Anthropologie, commissioned Santa Cruz-based land artist Jim Denevan to draw on the frozen surface of Lake Baikal in Siberia. His goal: Use the world’s largest lake to create the world’s largest work of art.


Denevan, a sort of Andy Goldsworthy of the American West, and a team of plucky helpers proceeded to mark 9 square miles of ice with giant circles based on the Fibonacci sequence. The result, captured in the photographs above, is in a way less impressive than the process itself: Crew members had to brave sub-zero temperatures and hurricane-force winds to realize Denevan’s vision. Some of the gusts were so strong, they actually blew away the art work.

The project was recorded in a documentary and book available for $19.99 and $65, respectively, at The Anthropologist also has a beautiful presentation of sketches, process shots, and film excerpts. Check it out here (it’s free!).

[Images courtesy of Jim Denevan]

About the author

Suzanne LaBarre is the editor of Co.Design. Previously, she was the online content director of Popular Science and has written for the New York Times, the New York Observer, Newsday, I.D.