An inflatable mobile music hall by artist Anish Kapoor, in collaboration with architect Arata Isozaki, is destined to bring immersive cultural experiences to residents of the disaster-devastated areas of Japan.
In his truly amazing book—awkwardly misrepresented by its
trite title—This Is Your Brain on Music, neuroscientist Daniel
Levitin speaks of the fascinating significance of music in our cultural and
human development, and provides intriguing insight into its source of
Our irresistible love for music, coupled with some insights into how important music is to our brains, makes Kapoor’s new project matter more than ever. Designed with the help of Isozaki, this highly mobile inflatable performance hall is intended to serve the residents of the devastated areas of Japan that suffered the effects of the earthquake and tsunami, and bring them free cultural performances.
Initiated by the Kajimoto and the Swiss Lucerne music festival and sponsored by UBS, this type of work is where I would love to see design in the future. Here two cultural institutions from opposite sides of the world, coupled with a financial institution looking to invest their marketing dollars with integrity, connect fabulous minds to design a creative refuge for survivors of natural cruelty. Bringing art to the people rather than people to the art is the way of the new world—a world I can’t wait to be a part of.