Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata took 5,000 leftover wooden crates and shaped them into a towering cascade that spills from the roof of a building in Versailles, France! Dubbed "Gandamaison", the temporary installation is made from fruit and vegetable crates donated by shops and markets in the area. The delirious assemblage of found materials creates a beautiful contrast with the classic architecture of the Versailles’ Centre d’Art Contemporain.
Tadashi Kawamata is known around the world for his site-specific temporary installations made from recycled materials – we recently showed you his crazy 20-foot pavilion made entirely from chairs. To make his gigantic Gandamaison installation, the Hokkaido-born artist worked with eight students and teachers from the National School of Architecture.
Gandamaison’s assorted crates were fixed with plastic fasteners, ropes and nets, creating a sprawling assemblage that captures the eye. The surreal piece introduces chaos in a civilized urban setting by placing ordinary objects in an extraordinary context. Kawamata’s ephemeral creations are immediately dismantled after they are shown, leaving only a trace of photos, videos and memories.
Photo © Tadashi Kawamata