Sony Building “Crystal Aqua Trees” Installation / Torafu Architects

  • 25 Dec 2012
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Installed in Sony Square in and on display until January 14, the ‘Crystal Aqua Trees’ is a crystal work of art inspired by the concept of a fountain that can be seen as a spray of water as well as a Christmas tree. Designed by Torafu Architects, the project was inspired by the Trevi fountain in Rome, the “Ai no Izumi” (Fountain of Love) charity drive, which has been held by Sony every year since 1968. For this edition, the architects proposed a new embodiment as an interactive installation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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In response to changes in the landscape of the street and the actions of people, the illumination will play beautiful music in harmony with a gorgeous light display. The movement of people is picked up by a sensor camera, which prompts the pillars of light illuminated by LEDs to change colors to create a glimmering structure.

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Whenever coins are deposited in the crystal donation box placed in front of the square, the installation responds by switching to a special performance, as if acknowledging the contributions made. Like water in a fountain, the polished black floor surface of the stage reflects the illumination, creating a wonderful scene in the middle of the streets of Ginza.

Architects: Torafu Architects
Location: Sony Square, Tokyo, Japan
Principle Use: Exhibition site
Planning, Production: Sony PCL Inc.
Image, Interactive Production, Sound: WOW
Technical Direction: LUFTZUG
Site Area: 40.6m2
Design Period: Septemer-November 2012
Construction Period: November 29 – December 2, 2012
Duration: December 3, 2012 – January 14, 2013

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