21_21 DESIGN SIGHT will hold an exhibition, "GRAND PROJECTS: HOW FAR WILL YOU GO?" beginning June 23, 2017. Serving as Exhibition Director is Naoko Aono, a writer and editor well versed in architecture, design, art, and a broad range of other interests.

Filled with the joy of making things, creators proceed on a journey toward a Grand Project. The exhibition will showcase Grand Projects by such creators who give shape to their bold and innovative ideas that transcend existing modes of expressions. In June 2016, Christo and Jeanne-Claude realized "The Floating Piers" on Lake Iseo in Italy. The piers covered with fabric that is 3 kilometers-long appeared on the lake. Along with sidewalks also covered with the same fabric, the floating piers dramatically changed the landscape, and uplifted the spirit of people. The starting point for this exhibition will be these artists who conceived projects of incredible scale that transforms bridges in cities, landscapes over some ten kilometers, and even the house of parliament to artworks, and ultimately realized what was initially thought to be impossible. From that starting point, creators from diverse fields who carry out unique activities using dynamic techniques and methods, will gather and display their works.

The process of meticulous planning and giving shape to a project while receiving the cooperation and support of many people, together with the finished works that are displayed on a huge scale, evoke a feeling of awe among the visitors who are likely to wonder, "How far will you go?" The creators' attitudes make us feel their strong will, passion, endless series of trial-and-error, and determination to take action with conviction, to confront all sorts of hardships, such as technical challenges in natural environments, as well as financial challenges and changes in times and social circumstances. Their grand projects may also be said to be grand urban projects proposed by artistic creators. By temporarily or permanently changing the city and natural landscapes, their works permeate through our daily lives. By taking part in the project and being involved from the production process, cooperators from public institutions, corporation, and other interested persons, too, get to experience the fun of working together and the joys of creating things. This is another major characteristic of this exhibition.

The works they express encourage us to experience new things, and make us aware of enjoyment and sets of values we had never thought of previously. The exhibition will convey the extraordinary power that such creations have, and the joys that spread from there.

June 23 (Fri) - October 1 (Sun), 2017
10:00 - 19:00 (Entrance until 18:30)
General ¥1,100 / University Student ¥800 / High School Student ¥500 / Junior High School Student and under may enter for free
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Organized by
Subsidized by
Embassy of Israel, Austrian Embassy/Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo, French Embassy/Institut français du Japon
Special Sponsor
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
Sponsored by
Exhibition Director
Naoko Aono
Planning Composition of Christo and Jeanne-Claude
Masahiko Yanagi
Space Design Support
Yuri Naruse / Jun Inokuma / Misato Honda (Naruse Inokuma Architects)
Exhibition Graphic Design
Yuzo Kariya / Nao Kakuta (neucitora)
Participating Creators
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, LUCERNE FESTIVAL ARK NOVA, Numen/For Use, Dani Karavan, Georges Rousse, Tatzu Nishi and others