Aluminium Landscape by Kimihiko Okada



Japanese architect Kimihiko Okada has created Aluminium Landscape, a 6.5 metre high installation made of aluminium foil.


Supported by an internal steel structure and covering an area of 902 square metres, the project is currently on show outside the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, Japan.


The installation will be on display in the museum's Sunken Garden until 28 September.


See our earlier story about Okada's Another Geography installation.


Photographs by Keizo Kioku.


The following is from the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo:


Through Bloomberg’s sponsorship, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo is undertaking a project in which young artists from Japan and abroad display works in spaces other than the Museum’s galleries. This year, in the Museum’s “Sunken Garden” outdoor court, Kimihiko Okada will establish an aluminum artwork 22m x 41m x 6.5m in size, thereby producing scenery that alters in appearance along with time’s passage and the changing weather.

Kimihiko Okada experiments to change the ways people perceive space with the materials he uses in his art works aside from his work as an architect. His artwork, this time, is displayed in an outdoor space that is open to all and can be viewed anytime, free of charge, even by the casual passer-by. You are encouraged to visit several times and enjoy a work that changes under the influences of its environment.

In a broad space outdoors at MOT, I will employ the natural and artificial in producing new scenery. My creation will reflect rain, wind, and other weather phenomena, as well as the movement of the sun, color of the sky, and other quiet changes in the environment. By reflecting the surfaces and shapes of the landscape, the artwork amplifies and transforms nature and makes it visual. It is an artificial structure with a complex and ambiguous geometry, and the object employs a thin, integrated metal membrane in covering a broad area.

This scenery will unfold in the Sunken Garden, two floors below ground. Visitors will be able to walk around the display to experience it, or else, for a completely different experience, engendering different meaning, they can look down on its overall figure from the entrance lobby and Public Plaza.

Posted on Friday August 15th 2008 at 7:05 pm by Rob Ong. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • olgv.

    well…. that’s sexy …

  • mauro

    a pic with some people would’ve been nice…

  • jarmo k

    ^there’s a person in photo no.3 —- and oooomg, it’s HUGE! would like to be inside this “sculpture”.

  • bald skull

    dezeen? dezeen! dezeen…

  • atomant


  • Azeem

    It looks like snow clad mountain when kept with a perfect background!!COOL!!

  • omar

    stupid. didn’t everybody do this age 10 for a school project.
    perhaps its impressive in person.. full scale. but photos dont sell it.

  • gaque

    fantastic! congratulations on an excellent installation. the scale-lessness is very convincing.

  • guat

    what a lot of crap! hello…!!

  • Xit

    Giant tin foil ?

  • Vico

    A good way to bake a turkey.

  • G

    I saw this on my June trip in Asia. Its okay. I wouldn’t go to this museum just for this though.

    Its roughly the size of two 18-wheeler trucks, cubic-meter-wise. The 3rd picture is from a wide angle lens so it looks more massive than it really is.

  • Isn’t this just a waste? At least it’s recyclable.. hey aluminum is expensive to recycle.

  • One



    What a good heat reflection in a sunny day!!!
    Lets take a tan .
    The largest solarium..!!

  • Joolzy

    Who cares if it’s only aluminium foil!! It’s looks so cool!

    Very well executed, the first pic made me double-take, i actually thought i was looking at a real snow covered mountain range for a sec.

    The internal structure is quite interesting too.

    Omar: I wish i went to your school!! I never got to do anything like that when i was a youngster. Though somehow i can’t imagine a 10 yr old designing or building something this complex…

  • when they are done they can make it into a giant make shift tinfoil weed pipe