The Nobuaki Furuya and Yuri Fujii Laboratory at Waseda University and Koiwa Kanaami Co., Ltd.
This piece is part of a joint research project between the Nobuaki Furuya and Yuri Fujii Laboratory at Waseda University and Koiwa Kanaami Co., Ltd. The project was started in 2016 with the purpose of rethinking wire mesh—thinking of it not as a construction material, but as a raw material in and of itself. By better understanding the wide variety of types of wire mesh and their characteristics, it seeks to expand our conception of the material and reevaluate and rediscover its worth. The project explores new applications for wire mesh in human-scale spaces spanning furniture design and architecture.
Weaving a Remembered Townscape
Today Oma Port sits stripped of the infrastructure that once connected it to Sado gold mines. Rails for carrying mining materials. Cranes for lifting them. We’ve designed an art object that evokes that historical connection and channels the former townscape of Aikawa. The spiral-shaped object is based on an old water pump at the mine, so that the work fits in seamlessly with the industrial remains at Oma Port.
Here is a video of the work and its production. Please take a look.
- Oma Port
- Aikawa Area
- 16 Aikawashibamachi, Sado, Niigata 952-1208