Art and sculpture installation by Tadashi Kawamata

Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata creates giant amorphous structures from found materials that he installs in public locations.  Structures made from wooden crates and boxes appear to engulf the buildings or flow out of them, transforming materials that are easily overlooked into something as imposing as the classical architecture they surround.  Pictured above is Gandamaison (2008) La Maréchalerie, Versailles.  Image via Kamel Mennour

Image via Leigh Gillam

His work Under the Water is a response to the destruction caused by the 2011 Japanese tsunami which meant 20 million tons of waste was released into the Pacific.  The pieces appear to float like flotsam and jetsam on the surface of the water.  Image via Inhabitat.

Chairs For Abu Dhabi (2012) Image via Junk Culture

Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).

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