Snowflakes is a new permanent public artwork for Oasis Academy John Williams by Anna Barriball. The artwork uses 720 paper snowflakes made by students and staff and painted on the ground in the front and back of the Academy.

As well as the painted snowflakes, the project produced two books with images of all the flake templates with the names of the person who made them. One book is held at the Academy, the other is in the collection of Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. A limited edition poster map was also made for everyone who took part in the project, showing all the locations of each contributors’ flake.

Watch the journey through 720 hand-crafted snowflakes

Viewing Snowflakes

This artwork is within the grounds of Oasis Academy John Williams and public viewing of the work is restricted. If you would like to see the artwork please contact Situations to arrange a date and time by emailing

About the Artist

Anna Barriball’s work often involves minimal interventions through drawing and sculpture. Much of her practice explores and depicts the accretion of time – from the length of time it takes for a candle to burn down to the repetitious activity of taking graphite rubbings from objects that bare the traces of their use or function. In her hands a map of the world is transformed into a strange expanse of shimmering substance, or the bounce of a rubber ball on a piece of paper creates the effect of a cosmic explosion. Her interventions produce objects that combine a minimalistic rigour and the seemingly endless endeavour to make sense of the world of objects by empirical study. Anna Barriball is represented by Frith Street Gallery, UK.

Funders and Supporters

This commission is part of the city’s Building Schools for the Future programme and is funded by Bristol City Council.

Bristol City Council

  • Aneta says:

    That was great, I was hypnotized when I was watching a short video.Each snowflake is different and unique.

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