Installed at the Swiss Science Center, Technorama

Installed at the Swiss Science Center, Technorama


Kant writes of objects that can create fearfulness and awe in their spectators without any sense that we are personally at risk. For all the modesty of its scale, there is something of that in Icy Bodies. You can lean on the case that contains it – but you look through the glass into a universe.
— Thomas Sutcliffe, The Independent, UK

Created in 2001, Icy Bodies has been installed in over a dozen national and international museums.  "The pale, ghostly swirls on the dark water," described the London Telegraph newspaper, "have a beauty that belongs as much in an art gallery as it does here, in a science museum." Reminiscent of comets, the ice shards sublimate small amounts of carbon dioxide that propel the spinning shards in unexpected directions. The resulting patterns are mesmerizing and unique to each cycle.

Installed at the New York Hall of Science

Installed at the New York Hall of Science



Icy Bodies is created at two scales, standard and iconic. The larger version accommodates up to eight viewers, the standard version may be viewed by up to four to five visitors. 

Both sizes require approximately 4 lbs. of dry ice per day. Ice must be supplied in pellet form and requires approximately 10 minutes a day to process the ice. Ice crusher and sieve are included. The exhibit lasts up to 10 hours per load.

The artwork has the following features: 

  • UV filtration system

  • Defrosting circulation and automatic water level cycle

  • Automatic timers for dry ice feed

  • Modular and accessible component systems for easy maintenance and servicing

Dry ice availability and cost can be researched at your request. Typical costs average less than $5/day.

Icy Bodies may be purchased directly from Shawn Lani Studios.

Installation sites include:

  • Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong

  • New York Hall of Science, NY, USA

  • London Science Museum, London, England

  • Cité de l'espace, Toulouse, France

  • Singapore Science Center, Singapore

  • The Exploratorium, San Francisco, USA

  • The Swiss Science Center, Technorama, Winterthur, Switzerland

  • Copernicus Science Center, Warsaw, Poland

  • Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany

  • Amazeum, Bentonville, Arkansas, USA

  • Chabot Space and Science Center, Oakland, USA

  • Trompo Magico, Jalisco, Mexico

  • Don Herrington Science Center, Amarillo, Texas USA

  • Otago Science Museum, New Zealand

  • Questacon Science Museum, Canberra, Australia

  • Sasayama Museum, Sasayama, Japan

  • Clark Planetarium, Salt Lake City, Utah