Mikimoto Ginza Tree 2017

Mikimoto

Commissioned

Installation

MIKIMOTO GINZA TREE 2017 is the Christmas tree for MIKIMOTO Ginza Main Store. Due to reconstruction of the store, they had to stop their “MIKIMOTO JUMBO CHRISTMAS TREE” project which has been a notable Christmas feature in Japan for more than 40 years. In 2017, when they reopened their main store, we+ designed and produced the new Christmas tree which was revived. There are three triangular pyramid shaped trees in the huge window which faces the Ginza main street. We set the main tree, which was about 6 meters in height in the middle, and the two smaller trees, about 2.5 meters in height, on either side. The delicate and pure white surface of the tree is made from urea crystal which is vaporized saturated urea aqueous solution. The slowly shifting lights set in the trees shine the one-of-a-kind sight created in the phenomenon of nature and by adding urea culture solution during the term, the crystals grew day by day changing its shape.

ウレア(尿素)の結晶に覆われた、日々成長をつづける生きたクリスマスツリーです。ミキモト銀座4丁目本店の建て替え工事のため、2014年に40年近い歴史に幕を閉じた銀座の冬の風物詩「ミキモト ジャンボクリスマスツリー」が、2017年のリニューアルオープンに伴い「MIKIMOTO GINZA TREE 2017」として復活。7m×7mの巨大なウィンドウに、高さ6mの大ツリーと、2.5mの小ツリー2体を設置しました。ツリーの表面を覆う雪のように真っ白で繊細な素材は、ウレア(尿素)の飽和水溶液を気化させ、結晶化させたもの。ミキモトのジュエリーに使われる真珠は、貝の中でゆっくりと育ち、結晶層を形成することで表面の美しい輝きを生み出しますが、そのプロセスに着想を得て、同じく結晶化するウレアを素材として活用しました。自然現象によって生み出される二度と再現ができない表情は、会期中も結晶が育ちつづけることで、少しずつ変化を続けました。

Venue

  • MIKIMOTO Ginza Main Store [Tokyo]
  • Mikimoto Ginza Tree 2017
  • Mikimoto Ginza Tree 2017
  • Mikimoto Ginza Tree 2017
  • Mikimoto Ginza Tree 2017
  • Mikimoto Ginza Tree 2017
  • Mikimoto Ginza Tree 2017
  • Mikimoto Ginza Tree 2017
  • Mikimoto Ginza Tree 2017
  • Mikimoto Ginza Tree 2017