all images courtesy Ayumi Shibata
Yesterday was the autumnal equinox: the official start of fall. And if you’re in Tokyo, there’s no better way to welcome in the season than at the KITTE, the design-forward commercial complex right outside Tokyo Station. Now through October 10th, kirie artist Ayumi Shibata, inspired by the fall foliage of a forest, has installed one of her largest works in the atrium of KITTE.
Working with 686 square meters of paper (roughly the area of two tennis courts), kirie artist Ayumi Shibata has created five cylindrical paper-cut installations that hang from the ceiling. Spaced around them on the ground are an additional five towers all made from cut paper that depict the trees, leaves and branches of a forest.
Everyday, between 5:00pm – 9:30pm the installation will come to life in a 3-minute light show that is staged in 30-min increments. If you decided to go, be sure to plan your trip so you can see one of the world’s largest kirie installations in all its illuminated glory.