tokujin yoshioka for 'sensing nature' exhibition
tokujin yoshioka for 'sensing nature' exhibition tokujin yoshioka for 'sensing nature' exhibition
jul 24, 2010

tokujin yoshioka for 'sensing nature' exhibition

sensing nature: tokujin yoshioka, takashi kuribayashi, taro shinoda mori art museum, roppongi hills, tokyo july 24th to november 7th, 2010

sensing nature‘, an exhibition which rethinks the japanese perception of nature, has just opened at the mori art museum, tokyo with interpretations of the subject made by takashi kuribayashi, taro shinoda and tokujin yoshioka. the three japanese artists / designers give abstract or symbolic expression to immaterial or amorphous concepts as well as natural phenomenon such as snow, water, wind, light, stars, mountains, waterfalls and forests. their ideas of nature suggest that it is not something that is to be contrasted with the human world, but that it is something that incorporates all life-forms, including human beings. the exhibition consists of newly commissioned works by each of the three artists, each attempting to stimulate our sense of nature through large-scale installations.

designboom gave a preview of some of the works that would be on show in the exhibition, now here’s a look at the final installation of tokujin yoshioka’s ‘snow’ that is on show.

‘snow’, 2010 all images courtesy of tokujin yoshioka

tokujin yoshioka‘s project ‘snow’ is a dynamic 15-meter-wide installation. it consists of a scene depicting hundreds of kilograms of light feathers blowing all over and falling down slowly is meant to remind us of the snow scape of our memories and the beauty of nature which often exceeds our imagination. visitors to the exhibition experience the feeling of looking at or walking through a snowstorm.

tokujin yoshioka with his ‘snow’ installation at the mori art museum

the winter calm…

the snow scape being blown around

tokujin yoshioka with ‘snow’, 2010

installation view of ‘snow’, in which fine feathers are blown up by wind to emulate a snow storm

‘snow’, 2010

a look at the feathers being blown around

visitors enjoying the snow scape

‘snow’, 2010 at mori art museum

view from afar

progression of ‘snow’, 2010

progression of ‘snow’, 2010

other works on show by tokujin yoshioka hist pieces ‘the light’ and ‘waterblock’:

‘the light’ by tokujin yoshioka

installation view of ‘waterblock’

full view of ‘waterblock’

up close of ‘waterblock’



visitors admiring ‘waterblock’

  • amazing,
    tokujin is always very good in creating the sense of “minimal” and “pure expression”! Will those fine feathers be recycled after the exhibition?

    yomomo says:
  • “snow” is very COOL!!!!!!

    LMJ says:
  • Wow, so simple and absolutely awesome

    Namkoel says:
  • Mmm, think something similar was made in the 60s with minimal art. Maybe other elements instead of feathers, though.

    FdoA says:
  • what’s the “water block’s ” material?

    marie says:
  • Awe inspiring for the the imagination.

    tremaine harris says:
  • Go out into the real snow, see it with your own eyes and feel it with your bare hands, theres no need for simulations…..Unless you live in a tropical climate that is 🙂

    Yeti says:
  • Unzip a bean bag, jump on it and voila….Snow

    andy G says:
  • There must be a lot of nakid birds flying around or attempting to fly without their feathers, poor things 🙂

    mantarey says:

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