Aya Niseko Japan
“Usually the building is the art, but in this case the art makes the building.” – Koichi Ishiguro, Aya Niseko architect.
In 2016, I was commissioned to create a woven metal screen for a luxury hotel development in northern Japan called Aya Niseko.
After previously sending eight sculptures to Japan to be displayed in a hotel foyer and penthouse rooms, I was seeking a new assignment.
The developer told me his next project was a contemporary hotel in Hokkaido called Aya, which means ‘to flow or to weave’.
With this Japanese weaving technique in mind, I designed an off-axis woven metal screen.
The developer, architect and interior designers loved it.
This project was unlike anything I had ever taken on and the size and scale of it posed a series of unique challenges.
However, the end result turned out to be more spectacular than I could have imagined.
With over 200 square metres of decorative woven screen and light fittings, this stunning building facade became an exquisite addition to an already imaginative and artistic hotel concept.
In December 2016, I flew to Japan for the opening of the Aya Niseko.
The words you read above are the words the architect, Koichi Ishiguro, used to describe my work.
To see my art come to life like this and to be praised in such a way was an incredibly proud moment.