The office of Kimihiko Okada makes the science behind climate change easier to understand with these massive recyclable aluminum mountains in Japan. Fake beaches and snow resorts are commonplace in Tokyo, so encountering these artificial metallic mountains is not as strange as you would think, except this educational exhibit is easily recycled. The brilliant 'Aluminum Landscape' currently on display at The Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo illustrates how the position of the sun, wind changes, and rain flow work together to change how our climate operates.
Covering a total floor area of 115,000 square foot, this unnatural landscape reflects the elements and how they change (partly as a result of human behavior?) Placed in the sunken garden of the museum’s second basement floor, the whole picture is revealed to visitors 8 meters above the exhibit.
The silver landscape was constructed out of aluminum foil rolls and scotch tape with help from some of the office’s employees. Transforming a two dimensional material into a three dimensional structure is surprising and fun, as aluminum is very malleable. Beautiful yet strange during the day and mysterious by night, Kimihiko Okada’s towering foil mountains have probably already been re-purposed into something new.
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