KIMIHIKO OKADA

Aluminum Landscape

KIMIHIKO OKADA   Aluminum Landscape

source: inhabitat

Covering a total floor area of 115,000 square foot, this unnatural landscape reflects the elements and how they change (partly as a result of human behavior?) Placed in the sunken garden of the museum’s second basement floor, the whole picture is revealed to visitors 8 meters above the exhibit.

The silver landscape was constructed out of aluminum foil rolls and scotch tape with help from some of the office’s employees. Transforming a two dimensional material into a three dimensional structure is surprising and fun, as aluminum is very malleable. Beautiful yet strange during the day and mysterious by night, Kimihiko Okada’s towering foil mountains have probably already been re-purposed into something new.
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source: dezeen

Japanese architect Kimihiko Okada has created Aluminium Landscape, a 6.5 metre high installation made of aluminium foil.

Supported by an internal steel structure and covering an area of 902 square metres, the project is currently on show outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan.

The following is from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo: Through Bloomberg’s sponsorship, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is undertaking a project in which young artists from Japan and abroad display works in spaces other than the Museum’s galleries. This year, in the Museum’s “Sunken Garden” outdoor court, Kimihiko Okada will establish an aluminum artwork 22m x 41m x 6.5m in size, thereby producing scenery that alters in appearance along with time’s passage and the changing weather.

Kimihiko Okada experiments to change the ways people perceive space with the materials he uses in his art works aside from his work as an architect. His artwork, this time, is displayed in an outdoor space that is open to all and can be viewed anytime, free of charge, even by the casual passer-by. You are encouraged to visit several times and enjoy a work that changes under the influences of its environment.

In a broad space outdoors at MOT, I will employ the natural and artificial in producing new scenery. My creation will reflect rain, wind, and other weather phenomena, as well as the movement of the sun, color of the sky, and other quiet changes in the environment. By reflecting the surfaces and shapes of the landscape, the artwork amplifies and transforms nature and makes it visual. It is an artificial structure with a complex and ambiguous geometry, and the object employs a thin, integrated metal membrane in covering a broad area.

This scenery will unfold in the Sunken Garden, two floors below ground. Visitors will be able to walk around the display to experience it, or else, for a completely different experience, engendering different meaning, they can look down on its overall figure from the entrance lobby and Public Plaza.
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source: mot-art-museumjp

展覧会概要
東京に突如出現する銀世界‐《Aluminum Landscape》

東京都現代美術館はブルームバーグのご協賛によって、国内外の若手のアーティストが当館の展示室以外の場所を使って作品を展示するプロジェクトを実施しています。
2008年度第1弾となる今回は、サンクンガーデンと呼んでいる中庭のような場所に、岡田公彦氏がアルミニウムを使用した22m×41m×6.5mの作品を設置し、気候や時間によって見え方が変化していく風景をつくりだします。
岡田氏は建築家として活躍をしながら、使用する素材がもたらす質感によって空間のとらえ方を変容させる実験的な試みをおこなっています。展示は、近隣に立ち寄られた方などの一般の方にも開かれた、いつでも無料で見ていただける屋外のスペースにありますので、ぜひ繰り返しお越しいただき、周辺環境によって変化する作品をお楽しみください。