April 10, 2009 - Toshio Shimizu Art Office Ltd. - poly stella 2009
April 10, 2009

poly stella 2009

poly stella 2009

Public sculpture in front of Kasumigaseki Building, Tokyo, Japan

Kasumigaseki Building
3-2-6 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0013
Japan

www.carstennicolai.de

Carsten Nicolai’s work poly stella is a highly significant, especially designed public sculpture commissioned for the plaza in front of Kasumigaseki Building in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

The shape of the sculpture is that of a complex polyhedron structure, formally a model for a naturally grown organisation. Although it appears rather manifold, the shape consists of a simple composition that is consists of a number of identical modules. It is thus a striking example of how rather simple elements by means of a high rate of organisation can lead to an extremely complex system.

Rather than applying historical reference and meaning, the sculpture could be understood as a solidified demonstration of an evolutionary process that by the illustration of potentially endless variations envisions a potential for progress and creativity. The surface of the sculpture even makes this more evident – the smooth, shimmering steel causes a play of reflections that results in constantly changing perspectives. Consequently, the sculpture can be perceived as a fascinating object, whose shape illustrates the principle and variety of life.

www.carstennicolai.de

Commissioned by Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
Assigned by Kajima Corporation
Entrusted by Toshio Shimizu Art Office Ltd.

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