Kohei Nawa's Foam installation created
a cloud-like landscape of soapy bubbles

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Japanese artist Kohei Nawa filled a dark room with billowing clouds of foam for this art exhibition in Aichi, Japan (+ slideshow).

Kohei Nawa's Foam installation created a cloud-like landscape of soapy bubbles

Kohei Nawa used a mixture of detergent, glycerin and water to create the bubbly forms of his installation, entitled Foam.

Kohei Nawa's Foam installation created a cloud-like landscape of soapy bubbles

Described by the artist as being "like the landscape of a primordial planet", the large cloud-like forms were pumped up from the floor in eight different locations, creating a scene that was constantly in motion inside an otherwise black room.

Kohei Nawa's Foam installation created a cloud-like landscape of soapy bubbles

The artist experimented with different quantities of the three ingredients to create a foam stiff enough to hold a shape without being affected by gravity.

Kohei Nawa's Foam installation created a cloud-like landscape of soapy bubbles

"Small cells bubble up ceaselessly with the slight oscillations of a liquid," said Nawa, explaining the process. "The cells gather together, totally covering the liquid as they spontaneously form a foam, an organically structured conglomeration of cells."

Kohei Nawa's Foam installation created a cloud-like landscape of soapy bubbles

"The risen volumes of foam link together and reach saturation, but continue to swell, occasionally losing vitality and spreading out over the ground," he added.

Kohei Nawa's Foam installation created a cloud-like landscape of soapy bubbles

The exhibition was presented in Autumn 2013 as part of the Aichi Triennale, an art exhibition in Nagoya, Japan.

Photography is by Nobutada Omote.

Design concept diagram one of Foam installation by Kohei Nawa
Design concept diagram one
Design concept diagram two of Foam installation by Kohei Nawa
Design concept diagram two
Design concept diagram three of Foam installation by Kohei Nawa
Design concept diagram three