tatzu nishi sites villa victoria in basel
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apr 17, 2011
tatzu nishi sites villa victoria in basel


tatzu nishi sites villa victoria in basel
‘engel’ by tatzu nishi – basel, switzerland (2002)
exterior view of the artwork
photo © serge hasenböhler

 

 

 

since the late 1990s, japanese artist tatzu nishi has been creating out-of-scale and out-of-place encounters in public spaces around the world. he has transformed street lights, parked cars and monuments, building new spaces around them and altering their setting. mostly choosing renowned landmarks of various cities, tatzu nishi creates a new room for these iconic sculptures, making them accessible to visitors. with his most recent project ‘the merlion hotel‘ tatzu nishi has transformed singapore’s national monument, the merlion, into a luxurious hotel room, built around this beloved iconic landmark.

 

here is a look at some of the interventions he has created:


‘engel’
exterior view of the artwork
the cathedral of basel, switzerland
photo © serge hasenböhler

 

 

 

at the cathedral of basel, nishi constructed a room around the angelic sculpture situated on the rooftop. not suitable for visitors that are afraid of heights.


‘engel’
exterior view
the cathedral of basel, switzerland
photo © serge hasenböhler


‘engel’
interior view of the artwork
photo © serge hasenböhler


‘engel’
interior view
photo © serge hasenböhler


‘engel’
photography of the sculpture before its project proceeds
photo © serge hasenböhler


tatzu nishi presenting ‘engel’ at the singapore art biennale 2011
image © designboom


‘villa victoria’ - liverpool, UK (2002)
the monument of queen victoria before its project proceeds
photo © tatsurou bashi

 

 

 

the monument of queen victoria, 1902 (sculpture by charles john allen) in liverpool, UK was transformed into a temporary and luxurious hotel suite by architects frederik more simpson in collaboration with william edward willink and philip coldwell thicknesse.


‘villa victoria’
exterior view of the artwork
photo © nick hunt


‘villa victoria’
interior view of the artwork

photo © alistair overbruck


‘villa victoria’
interior view

photo © alistair overbruck


‘villa victoria’
hotel reception
– interior view
photo © alistair overbruck


tatzu nishi
image © designboom


tatzu nishi discussing the ‘villa victoria’ project
image © designboom


‘untitled’ – hamburg (2009)
photo © tatzu nishi


‘untitled’
exterior view of the artwork
photo © carsten gliese


‘untitled’
interior view of the artwork
photo © carsten gliese


‘untitled’
interior view
photo © carsten gliese


‘heroe’ – guatemala city (2010)
exterior view of the artwork
photo © tatzu nishi


‘heroe’ – guatemala city (2010)
interior view of the artwork
photo © tatzu nishi


‘reihe’ – denken sie sich einmal an meine stelle – berlin (2002)
(left): photo © tatsurou bashi
(right): photo © carsten gliese


‘reihe’ – denken sie sich einmal an meine stelle
photo © carsten gliese

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