Turning Trash into Public Sculpture & Installation Art


Composed of found objects, construction remnants and other offbeat materials, the art installations of Tadashi Kawamata are urban, gritty, in-your-face creations that are site-specific and evolve, twisting and morphing as they grow to monstrous proportions in public spaces.


His early work focuses on construction and deconstruction, challenging highly populated built environments with structure and forms composed of common materials usually ignored but impossible to miss in his massive installations that often stack up objects in semi-sacred and highly public squares and spaces.


In recent times, Kawamata is almost certainly best known by most for his incredible urban treehouses. Like birds nests, these structures appear chaotic, haphazard, organic and out of place in a highly-planned built environment or against the backdrop of classic architectural forms and masonry materials.

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