Chiharu Shiota‘s ‘The Key in the Hand' Unlocks Thousands of Stories

By: Ady Floyd - May 11, 2015
References: labiennale.org & thisiscolossal
There are 50,000 keys suspended from the ceiling using pieces of righteous red yarn in Chiharu Shiota‘s ‘The Key in the Hand' art installation. Japanese artist Shiota has this enchanting piece displayed at the 56th International Art Exhibition titled All the World’s Futures.

Shiota's artwork covers a vast majority of the ceiling and trickles down in an intricate web of yarn to magically hang above two antique boats representing the voyage of life. Each key was collected from a different global location holding a special story and precious memories from its previous keeper.

Shiota hopes her artwork will inspire people to unlock doors to unknown worlds while maintaining the original value of keys -- to protect what is closest to us. The overwhelming art display engulfs an entire room, yet it conveys a soft, intimate message to its viewers.