Wednesday, February 24, 2010


I was totally blown away when I went to see the exhibit "Element", a collection of works by structural engineer Cecil Balmond.

Born in Sri Lanka, Cecil Balmond is described as one of the most daring and innovative architects today.

Image from here

This exhibit features pieces that are inspired by the nature around us. Balmond focuses on not only the outer beauty but the order and rhythm hidden beneath each object, and develops that into geometry. I admit that sounds pretty confusing and as math and sciences are not exactly my favorite subjects, it was hard to understand all the meaning put into each piece. Nonetheless it was inspiring to see the way Balmond thinks and how so much can come out of, for example, a single leaf.

The booklet with descriptions on each piece. Try wrapping your head around these!

I really wish I had photographs to show how incredible each of the pieces were, but this is something that should be seen in person! They had little cushions around on the floor so that viewers could relax and really take in the pieces and try to understand the meaning.

For those of you who can't make it, photographs of the exhibit are posted at the official website (it wouldn't allow me to repost the photographs). Please please go take a look! My favorites are #3, 9, 13, and 17.

Element Cecil Balmond
Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery
3-20-2 Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Exhibit: 1/16~3/22, 11:00-19:00 (Fridays and Saturdays until 20:00)

エレメント 構造デザイナーセシル・バルモンドの世界
展示:1/16~3/22, 11:00-19:00 (金・土は 20:00まで)



wow, I am also amazed by the pictures Kiyo..I never seen something like this before...really inovative and special! true modern art for the streets...fantastic!

H K said...

It looks amazing! I'm so jealous that you get to see all of these yourself >.>
Thanks for this post, as always, so inspiring :)

Martwa Marta said...

seems so to b amazing. my dad and brother would find it incredubly interesting. i wish i could spend some time in an art galery or see another inspiring exibition, but at the moment i'm lacking in time...

MyStrawberryCocktail said...

i never saw this exhibition before but it seems really really interesting:)

Aney said...

Wow, that is breathtaking. I would love to visit one day.

The Man from Amsterdam said...

Thanks for sharing images of Tokyo with us :)

Jonesy said...

cute blog! I am a new follower : ) check out my blog as well when you get a chance.

H K said...

& In response to your comment, yes I agree completely with what you said & you make a good point, I think it has become more of a social thing to say and sort of fall in to.
And yes it made sense, perfectly ^.^

Vinda Sonata said...

super amazing architecture designs! very innovative, and somehow very futuristic! i think i should really see the exhibition in person!