New Hong Kong exhibition options hand-crafted hen’s nests and tree huts

A brand new exhibition has opened in Hong Kong that encompasses a number of beautiful hand-crafted hen’s nests and tree huts constructed by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata.

A scale mannequin of a hen’s nest created by Tadashi Kawamata. Image by Kamel Mennour archives

Taking place at Over the Influence gallery on Hollywood Road in Central Hong Kong and created in affiliation with Kamel Mennour, the Nest and Tree Hut exhibition is the artist’s first solo present to be hosted within the metropolis, and consists of scale fashions of site-specific installations that the artist has made through the years. Running till four May, it options over two dozen handcrafted fashions and provides an perception into the artist’s artistic course of. Built from easy supplies equivalent to reclaimed lumber and previous chairs, the ultimate sculptures are supposed to rework their short-term environment, evoke childhood recollections and recommend transient shelters within the minds of viewers.

Tadashi Kawamata’s tree huts put in on location. Image by Kamel Mennour archives

Created to be short-lived, every sculpture created by Tadashi Kawamata is designed to make audiences take into consideration the strategies of building and deconstruction, and are often solely in place for a couple of weeks or months at a time. The artist lately created a big nest from chopsticks that wove its means via a gallery in Paris, a lot to the delight of friends, in addition to a tower fabricated from chairs and a building fabricated from packing crates. On every of his initiatives, Kawamata reaches out to native college students in an effort to seek out assistants to assist assemble the items, whereas additionally working to create an environment of collaboration and social change. ‘What I’m in search of above all is the pleasure of working collectively. The ultimate result’s secondary to that,” Tadashi Kawamata stated.

A model of a chopstick nest created by Tadashi Kawamata.
A mannequin of a chopstick nest created by Tadashi Kawamata. Image by Kamel Mennour archives

Born in 1953 in Hokkaidō, Japan, Tadashi Kawamata lives and works in Tokyo and Paris. More data on the exhibition is offered on the official Over the Influence web site.

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