Nendo makes an exhibition space, the exhibition has to follow suit

TOKYO – While most exhibition spaces are designed according to the pieces showcased, Nendo’s installation for ‘HANA SO’, a show by Akane Teshigahara, turned this rule on its head. For the 90th anniversary of the Sogetsu school of ikebana, a form of Japanese flower art, the installation by Nendo was the a priori from which artists would derive inspiration to craft the ikebana pieces displayed.

Each of the 2,000 ‘ivy leaves' in Nendo’s installation was cut out of a 0.5-mm-thick stainless-steel sheet with a mirror finish, and subsequently shaped into a symmetrical rhombus. In the spirit of traditional Japanese flower arrangement, the pieces were then assembled a rambling ivy-like plant to complement the subsequent ikebana flowers.

With each little stainless-steel ivy leaf reflecting elements of the tiered stone garden by Isamu Noguchi as well as the ikebana flowers on display, the result was a kaleidoscopic visual effect of diffused light and colour.

The installation added extra depth to the exhibition, blurring the boundaries between art and exhibition space to produce one all-encompassing experience.

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