Japan Eurasian Garden Spirits
This magnificent installation was specially created for the Oita Prefectural Art Museum in Japan, in a building by Shigeru Ban that was inaugurated in April 2015. It involved seven impressive egg-shaped balloons measuring five meters in height and enveloped in illustrations. The eggs, which take on their shape once inflated, are weighted down at their base so that they sway gently, like pendulums, in the wind or when pushed. Each egg has a unique design and color, with Pappenpop photographs placed so that it is just possible to glimpse faces and expressions amidst the flowers and patterns on each one. These exclusive illustrations use multiple floral layers inspired by the union between Dutch and Japanese culture and represent, through flowers, the inevitable cycle of nature. Poetry and fantasy come to life through movement in this incredible interactive installation. When several eggs move in unison, a majestic and magical dance of giants ensues. Art or design? What matters is the impact and transcendence of the work.