tokyo: like a flight of starlings

© db – adagp, paris + jaspar, tokyo [2018] g1226

although everyday is showtime at ginza six, the multi-storey luxury mall in the heart of ginza pulls out all the stops to commemorate its first anniversary, and it's done by way of art. since the opening in spring of last year – mind you, we talked about the event in a previous post – it has been yayoi kusama's dotted mushrooms which adorned the venue's imposing atrium space. indeed, art is seen as added value here, and that's where fumio nanjo gets into the picture. as the director of mori art museum, one of tokyo's top venues for contemporary art, he supervises ginza six's rotating art programme, and he has now picked daniel buren to step into the spotlight here. the lauded french artist has been commissioned to create an installation for the atrium space, but also made matching artworks that adorn the façade above the mall entrances and an additional 90 banners that hang on lampposts along the street. the suspended installation, called like a flight of starlings, is inspired by the artist's seeing a flock of this bird species flying away, and comprises of no less than 1,675 triangular flags with a red stripe and a blue stripe pattern attached to a metal frame that's suspended diagonally between the second and fifth floors. as such, it offers a different view from each floor and angle [on through oct 31]. location: ginza six, 6-10-1 ginza [ginza].

© db – adagp, paris + jaspar, tokyo [2018] g1226