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Spider’s Thread by Tokujin Yoshioka

“Spider’s Thread is a chair born from merely seven threads.

In Japanese classic story ‘The Spider’s Thread’ written by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the Buddha decides to give one chance to a criminal in hell who did a good deed of saving a spider when he was alive. The Buddha takes a thread of a spider in Heaven and lowers it down to Hell so that the criminal can climb up from the Hell to the Paradise. In the story, a thread of a spider is a symbol of slight hope and fragility. In the process of making ‘VENUS – natural crystal chair (2008)’, a chunk of fiber was used for growing crystals. However, ‘Spider’s Thread’ applies the structure of natural crystals in an advanced way aiming to produce a form even closer to the natural form. Seven threads are stretched and tighten between the frame like a Spider’s web, and draw a three dimensional sketch of a chair in the air. By growing crystals on this structure made by only seven thin threads, it becomes a crystal structure that set a form of a chair. Simplifying the volume of its form as much as possible and following the natural form, a sculpture of chair will appear formed by the power of nature.

The chair which takes its shape in the process of crystallizing the energy of nature. We have gone through the numerous researches and the experiments for this work. In the exhibition, there are three pieces exhibited including the chairs in process to show how the only 7 extra fine threads turns into the shape of a chair.” Spider’s Thread was presented at Tokujin Yoshioka’s solo exhibition ‘TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA_Crystallize’ which opened October 3rd and runs through to January 19, 2014 at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. tokujin.com

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