Born in Hokkaido, Japan, Kawamata has been featured in important international events from a very young age. He creates smashing art installations using scrap materials and repurposed objects like pallets, waste wood, and in this case hundreds of assorted chairs. Made from a mixture of all kinds of seats — including armchairs, sofas, benches and stools – the habitable sculpture pays homage to humanity’s diversity, unity and interconnectedness.
It took Kawamata five days to build Chairs For Abu Dhabi, a brilliant structure that reaches the gallery’s 20-foot-tall ceiling. The art piece was one of the main attractions at Abu Dhabi’s 2012 biennale, where it provided the bustling event with an iconic eco-friendly pavilion that was difficult to miss. Formidable, convenient and unique, the shelter served as a popular meeting point throughout the festival.
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