A nomadic creator, Not Vital makes work all over the world and is often inspired by the various environments in which he finds himself. He maintains studios and presents his projects in places that range from extremely urban to largely untouched. The remote mountains of Switzerland are among his bases. There he is close to the elements—especially snow. With 700 Snowballs, he preserves this otherwise ephemeral substance and evokes one of the many ways in which we engage with it, in this case, as something for fun and games.
To make 700 Snowballs, Not Vital went to Venice, a city historically renowned as a center of glassmaking. He partnered with a master glassblower to make his vision manifest. The completed snowballs were exhibited at the 2013 Venice Biennale, strewn on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore. Now at the gallery, these relics of winter play—no two of which are alike—dot the floors, so that visitors must walk carefully among them when navigating the space.