Summer in Tokyo is hot. It is said to be hotter than it was even 100 years ago. Kuribara’s idea to confront such high temperatures is to use the “summer heat” as a material for his work. His proposal is for a “cool sculpture” made of absorbent material that can cool the temperature through heat generated by vaporization.
How will the temperature and environment change in 100 years? By looking at the critical juncture we currently face as an opportunity, we can make a new beginning.
As an expression of this beginning, the sculpture “Giants Littles” will be exhibited, representing the birth of new people.
(As of June 2021)
1: “Giant”, 2020, Marunouchi,Chiyoda Ward
2: “Giant”, 2020, Marunouchi, Chiyoda Ward, photo by YUKAI
3: “Big Akita”, 2014-2020, Odate City, Akita Prefecture, photo by Tokumasa Matsubuchi
[Exhibition] Giants (August 21-30, 2020)
In the heart of Tokyo, where the heat island phenomenon has made the city hotter, a cool spot that can be used in the summer heat has appeared. A colossal 3-meter-tall sculpture called “Giant” has appeared in the Maru Building, becoming a place for the community to relax.
Yoshiaki Kuribara (Artist)
Born 1980 in Gunma Prefecture. With the belief that an artist should embody freedom, I continue to create ambitiously in sculpture and painting, installation, video, performance, film, workshop and and any other medium, without limiting myself to a specific style or expression.
2-6-4 Otemachi Chiyoda-ku Tokyo
・Direct access from “Otemachi” Station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line.
(Tokyo Biennale Executive Office)