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Acrylic Rod Sculptures

Tokujin Yoshioka's Piece is Suspended from the Ceiling and Resembles Clouds

— February 15, 2018 — Art & Design
The incredibly intricate and surprisingly minimalist acrylic rod sculpture by Japanese artist and designer Tokujin Yoshioka is installed in the lobby of the One Allen Center skyscraper in Houston, Texas. As part of a $48.5 million restoration process, the city has commissioned the artist to create one of his authentic pieces. Cleverly titled 'Prismatic Cloud,' the artwork consists of 17,700 acrylic rods and 3,540 discrete cables.

The artist is renowned for his experimental work with installations that are heavily reliant on light design. Prismatic Cloud is no different, in the sense that it is meant to "transcend concepts of shape by giving a figure to all human senses, utilizing immaterial elements." The arrangement of the Yoshioka's acrylic rod sculpture is meant to facilitate light reflection during the day, hence bring a bright and uplifting component to the skyscraper's lobby.

Photo Credits: Dezeen
Trend Themes
1. Intricate Acrylic Rod Sculptures - Opportunity for artists and designers to create intricate sculptures using acrylic rods and minimalist design principles.
2. Light Design Installations - Potential for innovative light design installations that transcend traditional concepts of shape and utilize immaterial elements.
3. Restoration-based Art Commissions - The trend of cities commissioning artists for authentic pieces as part of restoration processes, creating unique and captivating artworks.
Industry Implications
1. Art and Design - Opportunity for artists to explore new materials and techniques in creating intricate sculptures and installations.
2. Lighting Design - Disruptive innovation opportunities in creating installations that push the boundaries of traditional lighting design concepts.
3. Architecture and Restoration - The trend of incorporating commissioned artworks into restoration projects opens up possibilities for unique and visually striking spaces.
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