Cloud in a box – the Iino Building in Kasumigaseki ボックス内の雲

Kasumigaseki Cloud sculpture 1 farCorporate art rarely excites me, but a cloud floating inside a glass box adds a bit of whimsy to the grotesquely boring Kasumigaseki neighborhood. It’s in the category of optical-illusion art, but even when you understand how it works, the magic remains. The sculpture sits in the covered plaza in front of the new Iino Building  飯野ビルディング, which opened in October 2011.

The original Iino Building: http://www.belca.or.jp/12l1.htm

Iino Building 1960

I don’t know who designed the sculpture, but this exterior flair is, I understand, consistent with the building’s interior, which houses works by the abstract painter Masanori Murai 村井正誠 (1905-1999). These works had been housed in the previous building, which was built in 1960. In case you’d like to visit, definitely go at night. Link to Google Map.

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