Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ODD BITS: A giant purple doughnut?

This colossal, balloon-like structure is the world's first inflatable, portable concert hall!
Called the Ark Nova, it was designed by British sculptor Anish Kapoor and
Japanese architect Arata Isozaki; their intent was to provide a touring performance space where victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami could find comfort and community.

Ark Nova interior

"I am honored to have been asked to design Ark Nova for the Tohoku area," 
Kapoor says. "The structure defines a space for community 
and for music, in which color and form enclose.
 I hope that the devastation can be overcome by creativity. 
Music can give solace and bring community together 
and in so doing can help us to see we are not alone."

Watch the installation process here.

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