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 screen for a luxury hotel development in northern Japan called Aya Niseko.
After previously sending eight of my steel sculptures to Japan, I was seeking a new assignment.
The sculptures I’d created were to be displayed in a hotel’s foyer and penthouse rooms.
I got to talking with the hotel’s developer and he 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 screen.
The developer, architect and interior designers loved it.
This project was unlike anything I had ever taken on.
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.
My original concept ended up providing over 200 square metres of decorative screens and light fittings.
As a result, 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 certainly a proud moment.