Grand Projects: How Far Will You Go?

21_21 Design Sight


Junya Ishigami, Yusuke Asai, Lucerne Festival Ark Nova, Numen/For Use et al.
Filled with the joy of making things, creators proceed on a journey toward a Grand Project. The exhibition will showcase Grand Projects by such creators who give shape to their bold and innovative ideas that transcend existing modes of expressions. In June 2016, Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized “The Floating Piers” on Lake Iseo in Italy. The piers covered with fabric that is 3 kilometers-long appeared on the lake. Along with sidewalks also covered with the same fabric, the floating piers dramatically changed the landscape, and uplifted the spirit of people. The starting point for this exhibition will be these artists who conceived projects of incredible scale that transforms bridges in cities, landscapes over some ten kilometers, and even the house of parliament to artworks, and ultimately realized what was initially thought to be impossible. From that starting point, creators from diverse fields who carry out unique activities using dynamic techniques and methods, will gather and display their works.
The process of meticulous planning and giving shape to a project while receiving the cooperation and support of many people, together with the finished works that are displayed on a huge scale, evoke a feeling of awe among the visitors who are likely to wonder, “How far will you go?” The creators’ attitudes make us feel their strong will, passion, endless series of trial-and-error, and determination to take action with conviction, to confront all sorts of hardships, such as technical challenges in natural environments, as well as financial challenges and changes in times and social circumstances. Their grand projects may also be said to be grand urban projects proposed by artistic creators. By temporarily or permanently changing the city and natural landscapes, their works permeate through our daily lives. By taking part in the project and being involved from the production process, cooperators from public institutions, corporation, and other interested persons, too, get to experience the fun of working together and the joys of creating things. This is another major characteristic of this exhibition.
The works they express encourage us to experience new things, and make us aware of enjoyment and sets of values we had never thought of previously. The exhibition will convey the extraordinary power that such creations have, and the joys that spread from there.




Venue Hours

Closed on Tuesday
Closed during the New Year holidays and in between exhibitions.
FeeAdults ¥1100, University Students ¥800, High School Students ¥500, Junior High School Students and under, Registered Disabled + 1 assistant free.
Venue21_21 Design Sight
LocationMidtown Garden, Tokyo Midtown, 9-7-6 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
Access5 minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo or Hibiya line, 5 minute walk from exit 1 at Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda line.