The 52nd floor of Mori Arts Center Gallery was the location of the latest BMW Art Car Exhibition, â€˜Transparent Speedâ€™, and for architect Jun Aoki who designed it the sky was the limit. â€˜It's a very fine idea to have cars floating high up in the skyâ€™, said Aoki, thrilled to see his exhibition design of cars in clouds become a reality.
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Roppongi Hills Mori Tower wrapped in a layer of mist on cloudy days wasnâ€™t enough. Instead, Aoki took as his starting point for the design his understanding of â€˜Transparent Speedâ€™, or the experience of how people sense speed. â€˜Itâ€™s not an ordinary environment where cars are moving and you can feel the airflowâ€™, he explained â€˜I wanted people to feel movement while seeing the art cars on display to feel the air in the gallery space moving, and feel resistanceâ€™.
So Aoki filled the gallery with 10,000 transparent, polycarbonate pipes to give the air a sense of substance, providing visitors with a resistance a bit like wind. Strung from the ceiling in different lengths, people feel as if theyâ€™re walking on top of, inside or underneath clouds. A sense of speed is created with special lighting effects. â€˜The exhibitionâ€™s design adds a vibrant energy to the art cars, while bringing visitors high-up into the airâ€™, says Aoki.
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