Outdoor art is an amazingly unique way of encouraging the general public to interpret ‘Art’ on a daily basis. Without having to spend exorbitant sums to enter exhibition spaces, passers-by enjoy a sense of relaxation while attempting to bring new meaning to grand creations they encounter on their way to work or to school. The outdoor art created in and around Tokyo is remarkable.
From the horrifying Godzilla to elegant time pieces, these creations are much-loved by locals and tourists. The purpose of ‘Art’ is widely debated. Does ‘Art’ have to entertain or inform? In Tokyo there are pieces that entertain and inform. Of course there are those that simply entertain, and that doesn’t mean we admire them any less. When stationed in Tokyo serviced apartments, of the likes of Citadines Shinjuku Tokyo, you are sure to come across more than one of these creations. Scout around town and spend more than a few minutes to absorb the beauty of them.
Perplexing and admirable at the same time, ‘Maman’ is a creation by Louise Bourgeois. The nine metre tall metal spider with a sack of eggs firmly strung onto its body is an imposing symbol of motherhood. Equally mind-boggling and wondrous are the creations of Taro Okamoto. Look out for ‘Tree of Children’ located in Omotesando, ‘Young Clock Tower’ near Ginza and ‘Myth of Tomorrow’ at Shibuya. These works of art demand an analytical eye. Therefore it’s best that you spend as much time as possible when admiring them.
Surfacing at the most unexpected moments, Godzilla seems to have taken over Tokyo. The popularity of this fearsome fictional beast seems to have been sustained throughout the years. You are sure to be caught by surprise more than twice by re-creations of Godzilla. As enlivening as these creations, are the three magnificent timepieces located around town. Be on the lookout for them!
You are also bound to see the outdoor art created by the students and professors at Tokyo University of the Arts. It’s hard to miss as everyone in town talks about the Geidai Taito Sumida Sightseeing Art Project.
These mind-awakening creations are waiting to be admired and analyzed in Tokyo.
Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+