Main Program

Main Program

October 21 (Fri) 17:30 - 24: 00,
October 22 (Sat) 11:00 - October 23 (Sun) 6:00
Roppongi Hills Arena, The National Art Center,Tokyo, Tokyo Midtown
[Participation fee]
Kohei Nawa will collaborate with Seijun Nishihata, a plant hunter who travels the world in search of rare plants, and Daisy Balloon, a unit of balloon artists who create unconventional works with outstanding imagination, to create a “forest” hat symbolizes the dawn of culture in Roppongi. Just as people visit the international city of Tokyo from around the world, the sculpture entitled “ Ether ” expressing the relationship between gravity, space and life will attract a diverse range of people from Japan and abroad, transforming a city called Roppongi into a different space. Another sculpture entitled “White Deer” was born in Inujima in Okayama prefecture, traveled via Kyoto and meets “Ether” in the forest as a “stray deer” wandering throughout Tokyo. Later, it will head to Tohoku to be installed on the cost of the Oshika Peninsula in Miyagi prefecture during the Reborn-Art Festival 2017 (Jul. 22 to Sep. 10, 2017).


Kohei Nawa

Sculptor born in Osaka in 1975. Graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts Faculty of Fine Art majoring in sculpture in 1998. Completed the Masters Course in sculpture at the Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School of Arts in 2000. Completed the Doctoral Course in sculpture at the Kyoto City University of Arts Graduate School of Arts in 2003. Launched the "SANDWICH" platform for production in Fushimi-ku, Kyoto. Held the KOHEI NAWA SYNTHESIS exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo in 2011 and the FORCE exhibition at SCAI THE BATHHOUSE and PACE LONDON in 2015. Focusing on the unique concept of "PixCell" combining Pixel and Cell, he is expanding the potential of sculpture by utilizing a variety of technologies and materials such as beads, prisms, polyurethane foam and silicone oil. He is a professor at the Kyoto University of Art and Design Graduate School of Art and Design Studies.

Seijun Nishihata

Born in 1980, he is the director of Sora Botanical Garden Project and the fifth generation head of a 150-year-old flower wholesaler. He has collected thousands of plant samples traveling around Japan and the world. Using these plants he collects everyday, he undertakes around 2,000 international and domestic projects per year. In addition to his projects with numerous corporations and organizations, he launched Sora Botanical Garden Project in 2012, aspiring to plant seeds in people’s hearts and minds.

Daysy Balloon

This creative unit was formed in 2008 by a balloon artist Rie Hosokai with graphic designer and art director Takashi Kawada. Exploring ideas of perception and quality, they have created clothing used in advertising for Laforet Harajuku and others, as well as wardrobes for displays at such department stores as Osaka Takashimaya, and costumes for Björk’s live performances. The group is recognized internationally for their audacious and unique perspective that challenges our understanding of balloons.