Elisabetta Marabotto of Saffronart shares a note on Ark Nova, the latest creation of Anish Kapoor and Japanese architect Arata Isozaki
London: On October 14 the world’s first inflatable concert hall was erected in the coastal town of Matsushima, Japan.
Ark Nova which was modelled on Kapoor’s Leviathan sculptures, will tour across the areas affected by the 2011 earthquake. This mobile structure, a balloon made of coated polyester material, has room for 500 people and it has been designed to stage different kinds of performances ranging from dance and art to orchestras and jazz.
Kapoor and Isozaki said about the hall: “We named the Project Ark Nova, or ‘new ark’, with the hope that it will become a symbol of recovery immediately after the great earthquake disaster. Ark Nova obviously can’t carry people and animals to escape from disaster, but we conceived the ark to travel packed with music and various arts, from the perspective of long-term rebuilding of culture and spirit.”
The hall was inaugurated by the acclaimed Lucerne Festival of music.