People will always find creative uses for unconventional materials. And post-it notes have long been a favorite for their bright colors and adhesive surfaces, which help create 2-dimensional canvases. But architect Yo Shimada focused on post-it notes and their adhesives layering from an entirely different perspective. By connecting 4 sheets together at their adhesive areas Shimada created a star-shaped 3-dimensional object that was both structural and repetitive.
Collaborating with students from Kyoto University of Art and Design, Shimada spent 3 days and 30,000 post-it notes to create an installation of cells that utilized only the post-it’s original adhesive. The construction took place in 2001 and was a part of 1 of 6 dialogue events the audience wrote their feedback on post-it and stuck it to walls.