piole Kabuto

piole Kabuto
A strange organic form rises out of the ground plane.
piole Kabuto
With its horns and its embrace it is both masculine and feminine.
piole Kabuto
It is just the right scale for people to feel welcome to hop up and sit on it.
piole Kabuto
The surface is surprisingly smooth to the tough.
piole Kabuto
The stainless scales reflect the mood of their environment.
piole Kabuto
Looking up through the horns it is hard not to think of the Kuwagata beetle that inspired many Samurai helmets.
piole Kabuto
piole Kabuto
piole Kabuto
piole Kabuto
  • In →
  • Interactive,
  • LED,
  • Outdoor,
  • Stainless

Piole Kabuto is an abstract sculpture made from polished stainless steel. It is made from many curved scales that fit together in a way reminiscent of the roof tiles at Himeji Castle, a UNESCO world heritage site that can be seen from the rooftop the sculpture sits upon. The effect is to marry the modern materials and clean aesthetic of the piole shopping center with forms and construction methods used in Himeji Castle and traditional architecture of the region. The form is inspired by Samurai helmets (Kabuto) and the Kuwagata beetle that inspired these helmets.

The shape of the sculpture invites visitors to sit on it or lift their children for photographs and the shape alludes to the well-known V-sign that tourists are fond of making in photographs. At night, visitors can control the color of two optical projectors that cast sharp shadows of them sitting on the sculpture onto the large white walls of the mall where they are visible from up to one mile away.

Status:
2014, completed

Dimensions:
7' x 3' x 9'

Materials:
stainless steel, visitor controlled LED lighting, custom optics

Location:
rooftop of piole shopping center in Himeji, Japan

Commissioning Agency:
piole, Japan Railway Co., Ltd.

Artist:
Joe O'Connell