all photos courtesy Tokujin Yoshioka
Designer Tokujin Yoshioka has unveiled his latest work: a gigantic 10-meter sculpture made of over 2000 stainless steel mirrored rods that converge, as if crystallizing, into a luminous star. The permanent sculpture of light is situated outside, just steps from Tokyo Station, and is designed to randomly reflect the natural and artificial lights of the city that change throughout the day.
Light and the way it reflects and diffuses is a common theme throughout the work of Yoshioka, who has previously designed such pieces as a glass bench that looks like it’s made from shimmering water, as well as transparent glass teahouse. His latest “star” is positioned above a pool of water, adding another element of reflection to the sculpture’s glistening radiance. In keeping true with our age-old tradition of wishing upon a star, the designer adds that his is “a wish for peace, that the world may be united as one.”
If you’re passing through Tokyo Station you should definitely check it out. It’s located on the Yaesu side of Tokyo (the opposite side of the imperial palace) right in front of a new building called Tokyo Midtown Yaesu.