Lines that fill the space. A hazy, misty existence created by countless lines. The line has a Japanese beauty, as if it softly absorbs light, rather than strongly repelling it. Over a thousand lines. By designing the sparseness of how the lines come together, a gradation with shades of transparency is drawn, spreading across the space. The delicate artwork by Nakamura Kazunobu touches the light and depicts the vague figure of light, revealing the existence of the air that fills the space.

Photo credit: Masaki Komatsu
The more than 1,000 lines are made of very thin wooden squares of 4 mm square. The lines are attached to a delicate lattice, assembled with metal rods of about 1.0 mm in diameter, and are suspended from the ceiling. The spatial points, such as the planar position and height of these square timbers, are calculated and placed, one by one, using 3D modeling design technology to create a fog-like gradation of light.

Photo credit: Masaki Komatsu
It follows the way gardeners who maintain the beauty of Japanese gardens adjust the density of branches and leaves by pruning trees, creating gradations of sparseness, and denseness to design transparency and depth.

Photo credit: Masaki Komatsu
The beauty of Japanese space is designed and created by the shades of shadow created by the fragile and weak light. It is also the Japanese sense of beauty in space, as discussed by Junichiro Tanizaki in his “In Praise of Shadows”. In other words, the main theme of Japanese spatial design is not to design the form itself, but to design the effect brought about by the manipulation of the form. The artwork of Nakamura Kazunobu here combines all this in a purist yet refined way.

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