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10,000 letters dangle from the ceiling in a haunting installation by the artist Chiharu Shiota

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March 12, 2021

Grace Ebert

“I hope …” (2021), rope, paper, steel, installation view in the König Galerie, Berlin. All images from Sunhi Mang, VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, courtesy of the artist, shared with permission

A huge area of ​​red thread, a new installation of Chiharu Shiota ((previously) puts 10,000 letters in the Berlin nave King Gallery, a brutalist-style room located in the former St. Agnes Church. The impressive construction stretches from floor to ceiling and is full of notes from people around the world who share their dreams after a particularly devastating year. The major project with the aptly named “I hope …” hangs two wire boats that seem to float up in the middle and are reminiscent of journeys to an unknown future.

For this collaborative installation, the Japanese artist, who has lived in Berlin for two decades, uses a similar piece from 2015 with the title “The key in your hand. “In this earlier work, similarly collected objects and bright red thread are used, although 50,000 keys were locked in a net that swelled up from a wooden boat. In this iteration, however, Shiota lets the strands fall loosely and connects them with paper notes, leaving the individual elements open to movement and change.

“I Hope …” runs through March 21st a video tour of the stunning project when you can’t see it in person. Follow Shiota on Instagram to keep up with their sprawling installations that weave common objects into huge fiber optic networks. (over Design boom)

#boats
#Installation
#Letters
#Thread

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