Japanese designer Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier has presented his design in the Snowscape Moere IV, which was held at Moere-numa Park in Sapporo, Japan. The pyramid-shaped tents have successfully created interesting skyline to its surroundings, making the “Snow Scape” more attractive.
+ Project description provided by designer, Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier
Various artists from many countries participated in the winter event “Snow Scape Moere (SSM)”, which was held at Moere-numa Park in Sapporo, Japan. (The park designed by Noguchi Isamu, the sculptor.) In the winter of 2009, this event became the 4th holding. It was the first time for Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier to participate in this event.
What does “Snow Scape”=Snow Scenery mean? Our answer to this question was to amplify the beauty of the snow by setting something other than snow, instead of using the snow itself. The contrast between a blue sky and snow covered hills, the old tree standing still in snow field, and footmarks of animals stamped on the snow…. we have to say that something other than the snow surely making the “Snow Scape” more attractive. In SSM, our proposal was to have colorful pyramid-shaped tents in response to the glass pyramid, the landmark of the park, as something other than snow.
The pyramid-shaped tents, with different sizes and colors, were sprinkled on a pure-white snowfield to construct the “tent village”, which stands out the whiteness and beauty of snow by its contrast. Underneath the pyramids, there are snow rooms made by digging in the deep snow. The room welcomes the visitors into the unexpectedly wide space filled with a color of the tent.
We proposed to project the video image on pyramid wall at night from dusk, in order to make the best use of “light-penetrate” tent material. German video artists Nina Fischer & Maroan el Sani approved this project pleasantly, and offered us their wonderful video works and also various ideas to make this collaboration happen.
In actual work, the plan had to be reduced and modified because of unusual little snow, warmth and heavy rain like in May, followed with coldness. On the other hand, it was really interesting to experience the “snow” and “coldness”, those beautiful, but severe natural phenomena that bring people together. On site, the lively production accommodating the climate change created unusual tightness in relationships. Also, during the event, visitors and tourists made conversation very frankly with each other on the topic of snow and coldness in this little tent village. Behaviors and expressions of people, and communications between strangers will never occur in the pre-set conditions of indoor exhibition. I would like to express my gratitude to this project for allowing me to notice the true purpose of Snow Scape Moere through producing works with snow.
Designer: Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier in collaboration with German artist Nina and Maroan
Photographer: Yoshisato Komaki (except model)
+ All images courtesy Akasaka Shinichiro Atelier