Sunday, September 12, 2010

‘Huts’ on the facade of the Centre Pompidou

'Huts' on the facade of Centre Pompidou in Paris by Tadashi Kawamata,
photo by Hervé Véronèse, Centre Pompidou, 2010

Designed by Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata is well known for his architectural installations made from recycled materials like cardboard boxes or disused timber. But one of his newest creations is hanging from the Centre Pompidou in Paris. They are wooden huts hanging like wesp's nest between the beams and pillars of the structural facade of the building. The Pompidou center was designed by Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers in 1977 and is a well known international building. But this new installation not only plays against the idea of the modern building but uses the architecture itself for the piece.

'Huts' on the facade of Centre Pompidou in Paris by Tadashi Kawamata,
photo by Hervé Véronèse, Centre Pompidou, 2010

Based on his analysis of the architecture of the Centre Pompidou and the way it fits into the surrounding urban fabric, the artist has imagined a space covered in cardboard for the Galerie des enfants. Like most of his projects, it is a “work in progress ”. The project, begun by the students and teams of the Centre Pompidou, will be completed by visiting parents and children following the rules the artist has conceived for the game.”



'Huts' on the facade of Centre Pompidou in Paris by Tadashi Kawamata,
photo by Hervé Véronèse, Centre Pompidou, 2010

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