I managed to catch a glimpse of Jacob Hashimoto’s 15,000+ kite installation on the last weekend of its opening in NYC. To be honest, I didn’t know much about the installation beforehand, but the moment I walked into the open space, I was amazed at the multitude of colors and patterns, the height and breadth of the kites and how uniquely solid they looked to the eye. It’s only when you walk deeper into the room and in and around the sides of the “skyfarm fortress” that you see it’s a purely 2-dimensional installation (and it also makes for some fun sideways kite pics!)
Jacob Hashimoto discovered his love for building kites while still an art student at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 90s. For his New York debut at the Mary Boone Gallery, Hashimoto conceived a black fortress of 15,000 square kites bursting among 15,000 other fields of grass and flowers. The immersive installation is composed entirely of cable suspended bamboo kites and draws pattern inspiration from contemporary art and video games, including Mario Bros and Minecraft.
The 34-foot paperwork show was a time consuming project, taking four weeks to construct using traditional hand cutting and pasting techniques and then threaded on site. Hashimoto named his masterpiece Skyfarm after a street in upstate New York where he has a home. ‘Skyfarm Fortress’ was so named for the illusion of architecture juxtoposed against sky and cloud.
Photos of me taken by the lovely Joyce.
This is quite an impressive work of art, thanks for sharing!
I really really love all your photos!!! Amazing!!
These photos are amazing! Thank you for sharing!!!
Great photos and post!
What a fantastical installation. The choice of patterns give it a whimsical, yet traditional feel of kites. Thanks for sharing Hashimoto’s work with us. :)
So much whimsy, brightness, and fantasy, I really love all of Hashimoto’s works! Also, especially love the first photo (and all the other ones of you, haha) :D
Wow, such a gorgeous exhibit. Thanks so much for sharing!! xx
Beautiful photos. The place is amazing
Awesome art gallery! :D
Amazing!! it is so large and vast yet has so many intricate details and textures!! Thank you so much for sharing this amazing piece of art
Simply amazing!! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!
What an amazing installation. Incredible what people create!