For the construction of its emblematic new office of environmental affairs, this company makes a special lighting order a sculpture to a famous Japanese artist Kan Yasuda. Motoko Ishii Lighting Design, main designer of the project involved I.C.O.N. for the sculpture because Akari-Lisa Ishii has many experiences in various places around the world and especially in Europe in museum lighting. For this occasion, special lighting equipments were imported from France and Italy.
The designer was very honored and excited to illuminate this 21st century’s iconic masterpiece in a very different context from a museum, the wide open lobby of a new office building, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows. She therefore adopted an original approach for which the leaders of Izak and the sculptor himself trusted.
Ordinarily, the sculpture is lit up in white, to emphasize the beautiful stone surface, typical feature of Yasuda’s work. As the sun sets, the interior lighting dims, in order to further bring out the artwork.
There are also two special lighting patterns, designed for occasions. The first one is “ The Four Seasons of Japan”, in which four different scenes gradually succeed, inspired by the cherry blossoms of spring, the ocean blue of summer, the colored leaves of autumn, and the Christmas and New Year celebrations of winter. The other is “The Trajectory of the Sun,” which reproduces the changing natural light through a day, from the morning glow of sunrise to the top light at noon, on to the colors of the sunset and then the night blue. This style of sculpture lighting is very likely the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
Project Team : Oshida Sekkei
Collaboration : Motoko Ishii Lighting Design
Dates : 2021-2022
Surface : 208 m2
Office building construction
Lighting design of the sculpture