‘MonsterScape’ Exhibit, Hannat Architects

‘Monsterscape’ was an installation and art work designed by Hannat Architects as a part of the traveling Monster Exhibition held in 2013 by RECOVER and REBUILD Japanese art and design in Tokyo. The exhibition was entitled ‘Monster’ to signify the Tsunami that swallowed up the Eastern coast of Japan. However, it was an attempt at a more light hearted look at the natural disaster, and the idea was not to grieve, but rather, to acknowledge the disaster and at the same time focus on the pursuit of daily life activity after such catastrophic happenings. Art work, by six different artists, formulated from the disaster data was kept on display.

Courtesy of Koichi Torimura

‘Monsterscape’- Courtesy of Hannat Architects

‘Monsterscape’ is an installation designed out of 10,000 paper tetrahedrons joined together through origami in a carpet like fashion. The skeleton of this tetrahedron carpet is made from a grid of corrugated cardboard sheets that vary in height and width to give the installation its final wavy form; not unlike a Tsunami.

Courtesy of 鳥村鋼一/Koichi Torimura

Courtesy of 鳥村鋼一/Koichi Torimura

The entire installation covered a total surface area of 125 square meters. Art work, paintings and other objects were simply placed on top of this structure giving them an almost floating like appearance. This exhibition, visited by a total of about 6000 visitors, gave insight about the importance of the idea of moving on from the disaster and focusing on other important aspects of daily life.

Courtesy of 鳥村鋼一/Koichi Torimura

Courtesy of 鳥村鋼一/Koichi Torimura

BY: Priyanka Shah

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