Although it is transparent, the glass bench emits a strong aura created by the refraction of light. It is the beauty of chance born at the moment when the glass is solidified. It is created by the beauty of randomness that nature brings out, reminding us the beautiful ripple and sparkles on the surface of water. There, like a sculpture from a block of water, the transparent yet dynamic shape appears. This project, started in 2002 including the glass bench “Water Block”, has evolved into a variety of works such as “Chair that disappears in the rain” for Roppongi Hills and the world's largest optical glass table “Waterfall”.
Tokujin participated in the renovation project of the Impressionist gallery at Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Some of “Water Block” are permanently exhibited with masterpieces of Mannet, Degas, Monet, Cézanne and Renoir. The glass benches are placed as if they are filled with the light depicted in the Impressionist masters’ works, so that they will create the space where the beautiful dialogue starts between history and present.
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