Tadashi Kawamata, a Japanese sculptor and installer, is known for creating urban spaces that utilize simple materials. Often times, Kawamata selects an single item, whether it is a material or an object, that becomes the basic module of a huge construction. His latest spaces are occupying the external façade of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. These timbers huts, which are lined with cardboard, attach on to the existing structural framework, like a parasite, and morph into something entirely new.
More about the huts after the break.
These precariously hanging wooden huts strongly contrast the highly technical aesthetic of Piano’s and Rogers’ facade. “From his reflections on the architecture of the Pompidou Center, its location in the urban fabric, its intimate memory, the Japanese artist invests more locations within the Centre: the Children’s gallery, Forum and exterior facades,” explained the museum.
“The artist modifies the space on which it operates, creating outgrowths as pods nestled in height, suspended walkways, observation posts, which disturb the established order and challenge our view of our environment.”