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Walk Among Clouds In This Installation by Kohei Nawa

By Tuan Tran on December 18th 2013


Kohei Nawa is a Japanese artist that has emulated the feeling of walking through clouds with his latest installation featured on Aichi Triennale, “Foam”. Visitors that come to see his artwork are immersed into a swirl of foam clouds in the artificial night sky.

Mr. Nawa is part of a new generation of artists whose work is helping to bring a more nuanced view of Japanese art and popular culture overseas, one that moves beyond the cultural stereotypes of candy-cute manga and anime. – Hiroko Tabuchi at the NY Times

Foam is a shapeless installation that he wanted to be a calm experience. After testing various mixtures of detergents, glycerin, and water for weeks, he was able to produce foam that he could shape and hold its form. With the use of pumps and his custom made foam, he transformed a large dark space into a peaceful dreamscape where anyone can be flying in the clouds.







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Tuan is a photographer with Lin and JIrsa Photography, a writer for SLR Lounge, and a freelance wedding and commercial photographer in Southern Cali.

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  1. Chuck Eggen

    I agree. the concept is great but it takes a certain amount of fantasy to see this as welling in the clouds.

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  2. Hanssie

    It’s a cool idea, but I wish you couldn’t see the bubbles. Makes it too “soapy” for me and not cloud-like enough

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